Rogue Cop

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Time Out says

The year after writing The Big Heat, the story of an upright detective avenging his murdered wife, William McGivern published Rogue Cop, a more interesting variation, in which a corrupt detective avenges his murdered brother. Auteur principles being what they are, Fritz Lang's movie of the former is a classic, while Rowland's adaptation of the latter is little known, though dramatically it's tougher, more complex, more unpredictable. It also has Anne Francis playing, as it were, Gloria Grahame, which many will find an improvement, and an iconic, if dull Janet Leigh. The fashion for location filming having just ended, we are returned, unfortunately, to MGM's standing city-street set, though it's atmospherically shot by John Seitz.
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Release details

UK release:

1954

Duration:

92 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Roy Rowland

Cast:

Steve Forrest, Anne Francis, George Raft, Janet Leigh, Robert Taylor, Vince Edwards

Music:

Jeff Alexander

Art Director:

Hans Peter, Cedric Gibbons

Editor:

James E Newcom

Cinematography:

John F Seitz

Screenwriter:

Sydney Boehm

Producer:

Nicholas Nayfack

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Waldo

This would play brilliantly on a double bill with Robert Taylor's other crooked turn in Party Girl where he's a corrupt mouthpiece for the mob. Comparisons with Ray's film, and Lang's Big Heat are inevitable.