Try and Get Me (December 12, 1950)
Released on December 12, 1946: (running time 1 hour and 32 minutes) A man hunting for a job gets tangled with a cocky hold-up man who deliberately murders a kidnap victim.
Produced by Robert Stillman
Directed by Cy Endfield
Written by Jo Pagano and Cy Endfield
The Actors: Frank Lovejoy (Howard Tyler), Kathleen Ryan (Judy Tyler), Richard Carlson (Gil Stanton, newspaper columnist), Lloyd Bridges (Jerry Slocum), Katherine Locke (Hazel Weatherwax, manicurist), Adele Jergens (Velma), Art Smith (Hal Clendenning, newspaper publisher), Renzo Cesana (Doctor Vido Simone), Irene Vernon (Helen Stanton), Cliff Clark (Sheriff Lem Demig), Harry Shannon (Mr. Yaeger), Donald Smelick (Tommy Tyler), Robert Altuna (boy in the Miller car), Frank Baker (man leaving optometrist), Joe Conley (man in crowd), Jane Easton (Barbara Colson), Norman Field (man on street), Lynn Gray (Vi Clendenning), Bob Jellison (man mailing letters), Marie Adele Jergens (unknown), Carl Kent (Donald D. Miller), Mary Lawrence (Kathy), John Pelletti (Herb Colson), Liz Renay (unknown), Joe E. Ross (nightclub entertainer), Brick Sullivan (man on street during opening scene), Emerson Treacy (Brother Barnes, blind preacher), Yvette Vickers (woman on dance floor), Mack Williams (Professor Martin)
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The Mobsters . . . And Mob Justice . . .
I am reading a book from 1903 that has personal interviews with the movers and shakers of that era. One of the interviews is with Thomas C. Platt, U.S. Senator from New York and one of the most powerful American politicians between 1897-1909. During his interview, he told of a trip to Deadwood, South Dakota to inspect a mine that he had a business interest in.
He says, “About the first thing I saw when I reached the camp was an example of frontier justice. Men with a rope were hunting for those who had been guilty of holding up the stage.” He didn’t need to explain that a few men in camp would hang the men that stole a few dollars from the stage coach passengers the minute that they caught them. Even small robbery in those days meant quick death for the robbers. That was proper and legal justice in the American West a hundred years ago. America has grown and evolved from those days, but in this movie fifty years later, mob justice is still around, with a street full of angry men with death on their mind.
Frank Lovejoy is Howard Tyler, a man who brought his wife and young son from Boston to California in search of a better life. Unfortunately, he isn’t the only man who headed to California for a fresh start, and jobs are impossible to find. The out-of-work family man finally meets a fellow who will offer him a job – driving a getaway car.
Lloyd Bridges is slick and wealthy Jerry Slocum, wearing the finest silk shirts and spending money like a rich man. With homelessness in his near future, family man Howard agrees to drive a getaway car for Jerry as he holds up gas stations and small merchants. This leads to that and a kidnap plan for big bucks goes very wrong and slick Jerry brutally kills the kidnap victim.
The crime has been committed, and now the angry crowds of the small California town will try to use frontier justice. Will the angry crowds kill the mobsters? It is 1950, not 1883, what do you think? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Frank Lovejoy, Katherine Locke, Adele Jergens and Lloyd Bridges
Adele Jergens and Katherine Locke
Adele Jergens and Lloyd Bridges
Art Smith and Richard Carlson
Bob Jellison and Frank Lovejoy
Cliff Clark and Richard Carlson
Irene Vernon and Richard Carlson
Katherine Locke and Frank Lovejoy
Kathleen Ryan and Donald Smelick
Lloyd Bridges and Carl Kent
Lloyd Bridges and Frank Lovejoy
Lloyd Bridges and Frank Lovejoy
Katherine Locke, Adele Jergens, Lloyd Bridges and Frank Lovejoy
Renzo Cesana and Richard Carlson
Richard Carlson and Cliff Clark