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Decoy(1946)

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Grim ^Ifilm noir^R stars British actress Gillie as one of the most vicious, heartless and cruel women ever seen in an American film. The story opens as a wounded doctor, Rudley, enters the apartment of Gillie, the beautiful but ruthless member of a gang of thieves. Gunshots are heard, and soon police sergeant Leonard arrives to find Rudley dead and Gillie dying. Gillie tells her sordid tale to the cop before she dies. In flashback we learn that Gillie fell in with gangster Armstrong who had stolen $400,000 in a robbery in which he had killed a cop. Captured and sentenced to die in the gas chamber, Armstrong tells his gang that he has hidden the dough, and, with Gillie's help, he will return to life after the state has executed him by taking an antidote to the cyanide gas, an antidote developed by Rudley. The plan works like a charm, and Armstrong is brought back long enough to give Gillie half the map before he is shot by rival gang member Norris after the latter grabs the other half of the map. Gillie and Norris force Rudley to help them find the treasure. En route, Gillie fakes a flat tire, and, when Norris gets out to fix it, she runs back and forth over him a few times to make sure he is dead. She then makes the doctor dig up the box. When Gillie opens the treasure chest, she is consumed with hysterical madness and cannot stop laughing. She grabs her gun and shoots Rudley, then runs back to her apartment, only to be tracked down by the wounded doctor. At film's end, she reveals to the cops that the box contained only a dollar bill and a note from Armstrong saying that he knew they would double-cross him. With that, Gillie laughs and dies. She is superb. Well worth seeing.

Cast & Crew

Jack Bernhard Director
Jean Gillie Margot Shelby
Edward Norris Jim Vincent
Herbert Rudley Dr. Lloyd Craig
Bill Self Gas station attendant
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MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1946 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Monogram Distributing Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Monogram Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  70 or 76-77 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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