Theatrical Film Poster
|Directed by||Roy Rowland|
|Produced by||Nicholas Nayfack|
|Screenplay by||Sydney Boehm|
|Based on||the novel
by William P. McGivern
|Music by||Jeff Alexander|
|Cinematography||John F. Seitz|
|Edited by||James E. Newcom|
Christopher Kelvaney is a crooked police officer who takes bribes and payoffs from criminals and other nefarious folk. His brother Eddie is a young member of the police force who is honest and loyal.
In a penny arcade, a drug dealer is stabbed to death by a man who claims the territory for himself, and Eddie witnesses a gangland murder. Mob boss Dan Beaumonte gives orders to Kelvaney to buy his brother's silence. Eddie refuses, and Kelvaney is unable to persuade Eddie's sweetheart, nightclub singer Karen Stephenson, to change his mind.
The ruthless Beaumonte brutally mistreats his moll Nancy Corlane, who then tries to help Kelvaney do what he has to do. Kelvaney exposes the fact that Karen was once a mobster's girlfriend in Miami. He gets her to admit that she's not in love with Eddie and is willing to let him go if it will save his life.
An out-of-town button-man named Langley is brought in to kill both brothers, but succeeds only in killing Eddie. His conscience aroused, Kelvaney goes after the mob leaders himself. He admits his corruption to superiors, but asks for a chance to bring them evidence that will put Beaumonte and others behind bars, particularly after Nancy is also found murdered. Kelvaney succeeds in gaining revenge for his brother.
- Robert Taylor as Det. Sgt. Christopher Kelvaney
- Janet Leigh as Karen Stephenson
- George Raft as Dan Beaumonte
- Steve Forrest as Eddie Kelvaney
- Anne Francis as Nancy Corlane
- Robert Ellenstein as Det. Sidney Y. Myers
- Robert F. Simon as Ackerman
- Anthony Ross as Father Ahearn
- Alan Hale, Jr. as Johnny Stark
- Peter Brocco as George 'Wrinkles' Fallon
- Vince Edwards as Joey Langley
- Olive Carey as Selma
- Roy Barcroft as Lt. Vince D. Bardeman
- Dale Van Sickel as Manny
- Robert F. Simon as Ackerman
- Ray Teal as Patrolman Mullins
According to MGM records the film earned $1,417,000 in the US and Canada and $1,092,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $920,000.
Film critic Bosley Crowther gave the film a positive review and wrote, "This is not a new thesis. They've been making movies on it for years. And Rogue Cop is not so exceptional in its construction or performance that it is likely to cause surprise. But it is a well-done melodrama, produced and directed in a hard, crisp style, and it is very well acted by Robert Taylor in the somewhat disagreeable title role...For what it is in the line of crime pictures, there's a lot to be said for Rogue Cop."
Tony Tracy, 'Unnatural Law: William McGivern's Rogue Cops' in James Rodgers, Matthew O'Brien (eds), After the Flood: Irish America 1945-1960. Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2009
- Rogue Cop at the Internet Movie Database
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- Rogue Cop at the TCM Movie Database
- Rogue Cop essay by author Stone Wallace at Film Noir of the Week
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