Trapped (1949): Richard 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.

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Theatrical release poster



This semi-documentary noir 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).


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


Directed by Richard Fleischer
Produced by Bryan Foy
Screenplay by Earl Felton
George Zuckerman
Story by Earl Felton
George Zuckerman
Starring Lloyd Bridges
Barbara Payton
John Hoyt
Music by Sol Kaplan
Cinematography Guy Roe
Edited by Alfred DeGaetano


Bryan Foy Productions
Contemporary Productions

Distributed by Eagle-Lion Films

Release date

October 1, 1949 (United States)

Running time
78 minutes