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The Clay Pigeon

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The Clay Pigeon

The Clay Pigeon
Theatrical release lobby card
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Produced by Herman Schlom
Screenplay by Carl Foreman
Story by Carl Foreman
Starring Bill Williams
Barbara Hale
Richard Quine
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Editing by Samuel E. Beetley
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date(s)
Running time 63 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Clay Pigeon is a 1949 American film noir directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Carl Foreman, based on a true story. The drama features Bill Williams, Barbara Hale, Richard Quine, and others.[1]


Jim Fletcher (Williams), a former inmate in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, awakes from a coma at a naval hospital, only to be told he's been accused of murder. Fletcher is not quite certain of his guilt so he escapes from the hospital in search of his best friend, another ex-POW.



Critical response

Time Out film reviews wrote of the film, "Directed by Fleischer with tight, spare energy, although the implausible script and bland leading performances (with Hale as the dead friend's wife, initially hostile but soon losing her heart) make it much inferior to The Narrow Margin.[2]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TCM Movie Database
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