Trapped (1949): Fleischer’s Film Noir, Starring Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, and John Hoyt

Richard Fleischer directed Trapped, a low-budget but impressive film noir written by George Zuckerman and Earl Felton, starring Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, and John Hoyt.

The semi-documentaries begins ominously with a voice-over of the treasury department, informing the viewers of what the unit does.

The narrative proper then starts when an elderly woman tries to deposit a $20 bill at the bank, which turns out to be phony.

Trying to track down and stop of counterfeiting ring, the department uses a counterfeiter namd Tris Stewart (Bridges), serving time in prison. he is released under the agreement that he will assist in capturing the printers of the phony money.

Once out of jail, Stewart meets up with mysterious cigarette girl, Meg Dixon (Barbara Payton).

Cast

Lloyd Bridges as Tris Stewart
Barbara Payton as Meg Dixon, alias Laurie Fredericks
John Hoyt as Agent John Downey, alias Johnny Hackett
James Todd as Jack Sylvester
Russ Conway as Chief Agent Gunby
Robert Karnes as Agent Fred Foreman
Douglas Spencer as Sam Hooker

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