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Red Light

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Produced by Roy Del Ruth
Written by Story:
Don 'Red' Barry
George Callahan
Additional dialogue:
Charles Grayson
Starring George Raft
Virginia Mayo
Gene Lockhart
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography Bert Glennon
Studio United Artists
Release date(s) September 30, 1949 (1949-09-30)
Running time 83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Red Light is a 1949 crime film, considered film noir, directd and produced by Roy Del Ruth. This unusual revenge film has an overtly religious theme, based on the story "This Guy Gideon" writen by Don "Red" Barry.[1]



Embezzler Nick Cherney plots murderous revenge after he is fired from Johnny Torno's freight company. He gets it by killing Johnny's brother Jess, a chaplain who has just returned from the war. When Johnny arrives at his brother hotel room, he is told by Jess that a clue to the killer's identity can be found inside the room's Bible. Johnny takes off with his girlfriend in an attempt to catch the killer, who has also killed the man left in charge of Johnny's company while he looks for revenge.


Critical reception

Film critic Dennis Schwartzsaid of the film, "Roy Del Ruth directs a routine film noir infused with themes of revenge and religion, as it veers more towards a regular crime drama except for photographic flashes that reveal the film's dark undertones. The film's classic noir shot is of the villainous Raymond Burr smoking and smiling as his frightened victim is being crushed to death while hiding under a trailer, as Burr has just kicked out the jack holding it up...The film held my interest mainly because this was a perfect part for Raft and it was well-crafted."[2]


  1. ^ Red Light at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, March 21, 2004. Last accessed: November 30, 2009.

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