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Guilty Bystander

Released Apr 21, 1950 1h 32m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 9% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Former police detective and alcoholic Max Thursday (Zachary Scott) learns from his ex-wife, Georgia (Faye Emerson), that their son, Jeff, has disappeared with her brother, Fred. Max's investigation leads him to Fred's unsavory associate, Dr. Elder -- but when the doctor is found murdered, Max is arrested. After Georgia provides Max's alibi, Max connects Elder with diamond smuggler Otto Varkas (J. Edward Bromberg), whose moll inadvertently provides a surprising lead to both Fred and Jeff. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Zachary Scott acts his butt off ... Rated: C- Apr 9, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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nick s Great start. But it quickly gets bogged down in unnecessary exposition. A rather convoluted and muddling story. Pity, because the production quality wasn't bad. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/22/24 Full Review Audience Member The worst 01 hour: and 32 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review dave j A young woman stops by at a sleazy hotel to ask for a certain somebody and by the time she does find him, he lying in bed wasted half asleep she notifies him that their son had been kidnapped. We find out he used to be dedicated and work for law enforcement and is now an alcoholic, and his name is Max Thursday (Zachary Scott) and the young woman who was searching for him was his ex Georgia Thursday (Faye Emerson) trying to motivate him to get their son back. Things come for the worst when the last person he was seeing regarding his son was murdered. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review william k Low-budget Noir crime drama has its flaws, but it has a menacing atmosphere, good b/w cinematography and some twists and turns in its plot. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting character study darkly delineated through lights and shadows to reflect the mood of the Max Thursday. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Former police detective and alcoholic Max Thursday (Zachary Scott) learns from his ex-wife, Georgia (Faye Emerson), that their son, Jeff, has disappeared with her brother, Fred. Max's investigation leads him to Fred's unsavory associate, Dr. Elder -- but when the doctor is found murdered, Max is arrested. After Georgia provides Max's alibi, Max connects Elder with diamond smuggler Otto Varkas (J. Edward Bromberg), whose moll inadvertently provides a surprising lead to both Fred and Jeff.
Director
Joseph Lerner
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 21, 1950, Original
Runtime
1h 32m