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The Steel Trap(1952)

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The working title of this film was Panic Stricken. Although the Copyright Catalog lists the film's copyright date as October 31, 1953, it is likely that the actual copyright date was October 31, 1952 as the film's registration number fits within the range of other films copyrighted in October 1952. Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts include Pamela Duncan, Michael Ross, Norman Budd, Barbara Horgan and Elaine Riley in the cast, but their appearance in the released picture has not been confirmed. According to a November 1952 American Cinematographer article, "almost 98 percent of [the picture] was filmed away from the studio, in actual locales." Los Angeles locations included the interior of the International Airport, the Markham Building, the Alexandria Hotel and the downtown office of TWA. New Orleans locations included the famed Antoine's restaurant and the airport. The article states that the only studio set used was for the hotel sequence in which "Laurie" discovers that "Jim" is a thief. Hollywood Reporter news items add that Motion Picture Center, the headquarters for Bert E. Friedlob's Thor Productions, was used for the studio shooting.
       Although a July 1, 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that the film's world premiere would be held at Antoine's in September or Oct, a October 17, 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that the premiere would be held in Pittsburgh on 31 Oct. The exact date of the premiere and its location have not been determined. Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright reprised their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre presentation of the story on September 14, 1953, and on March 22, 1956, Howard Duff and Margo Lee starred in the Lux Video Theatre's production of the story.