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Finger Man(1955)

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The working titles of this film were Dark Venture, City That Never Sleeps, Today Is Forever and The Hijackers. Several reviews refer to the film as Finger Man. Voice-over narration by Frank Lovejoy, as "Casey Martin," is heard intermittently throughout the picture. According to a January 10, 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item, Broderick Crawford was originally set to star in the picture. The news item indicates that Crawford dropped out due to "virus attack." Other Hollywood Reporter news items include the following actors in the cast, although their appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed: Marjorie Gateson, Bill Boyett, Billie Cook, Arlene Solof, Joi Lansing, Donna Drew, Laurie Mitchell, Darlene Fields and Alyn Lockwood. Portions of the film were shot on location in Griffith Park, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, CA, according to Hollywood Reporter news items.
       In the film, it is strongly suggested that "Lucille" is addicted to narcotics and is going through withdrawal when "Casey" first comes to visit her. It is also implied that "Dutch Becker," in addition to running a widespread prostitution ring, is a drug smuggler. According to information in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the PCA initially rejected the script due to its "excessive brutality;" the implication that "Gladys" was a prostitute; the depiction of "Lou Terpe" as a sadistic "sex pervert;" and the possibility of "illicit sex" between Gladys and Casey.
       Although the script was eventually approved, when the completed film was reviewed by the PCA in March 1955, it was rejected. In a March 14, 1955 letter to producer Lindsley Parsons, PCA official Geoffrey Shurlock severely chastised the producer for filming sequences that had not been submitted to the PCA for approval. Included in Shurlock's objections were dialogue stating that the photographed victims shown to Casey by "James Burns" were "dead as a result of dope addiction and/or prostitution;" the implication that Becker was involved in "dope traffic;" and the inclusion of Lucille, who was not a character in the approved script. Shurlock emphasized that Lucille could not be shown as a "dope addict" and instead must be depicted as a recovering alcoholic. After the studio deleted a few brief sequences and added more voice-over narration, including a line that Lucille "loved the bottle," the picture was approved and a certificate was issued by the PCA on March 23, 1955.