High Wall

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  • TV-PG
  • Genre(s): Crime Drama
  • Release year: 1947
  • Running time: 99 min
Steven Kenet (Robert Taylor) says he killed his wife, but even he doesn’t really know if he did or not. A wartime head trauma has left him subject to disorientations and blackouts. So Kenet enters a psych ward where, the DA asserts, he’ll hide behind... read more

Steven Kenet (Robert Taylor) says he killed his wife, but even he doesn’t really know if he did or not. A wartime head trauma has left him subject to disorientations and blackouts. So Kenet enters a psych ward where, the DA asserts, he’ll hide behind the wall of an insanity plea. But truth cannot hide. And Kenet—assisted by a ward doctor (Audrey Totter) —is driven to find that truth. With bravura use of genre trademarks like expressionist shadows and subjective camera, director Curtis Bernhardt (Possessed) builds a High Wall into a film noir psychological thriller that, little noted in its day, is ready for an honored place amid the shadowy shrines of noir. Go behind the wall into the inner sanctum of noir and consciousness.

Original Release

12/17/1947

US Release

12/17/1947

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Cast

Robert Taylor Steven Kenet
Audrey Totter Dr. Ann Lorrison
Herbert Marshall Willard I. Whitcombe
Dorothy Patrick Helen Kenet
H.B. Warner Mr. Slocum
Warner Anderson Dr. George Poward / r. George Poward
Moroni Olsen Dr. Philip Dunlap
John Ridgely David Wallace / Assistant District Attorney David Wallace (as John Ridgeley)
Morris Ankrum Dr. Stanley Griffin
Elisabeth Risdon Mrs. Kenet
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers

Sydney Boehm, Alan R. Clark, Bradbury Foote, Lester Cole

Cast

Robert Taylor Steven Kenet
Audrey Totter Dr. Ann Lorrison
Herbert Marshall Willard I. Whitcombe
Dorothy Patrick Helen Kenet
H.B. Warner Mr. Slocum
Warner Anderson Dr. George Poward / r. George Poward
Moroni Olsen Dr. Philip Dunlap
John Ridgely David Wallace / Assistant District Attorney David Wallace (as John Ridgeley)
Morris Ankrum Dr. Stanley Griffin
Elisabeth Risdon Mrs. Kenet
Vince Barnett Henry Cronner
Jonathan Hale Emory Garrison
Charles Arnt Sidney X. Hackle
Ray Mayer Tom Delaney
Robert Hyatt Richard Kenet (as Bobby Hyatt) / Richard Kenet
Paul Kruger Hospital Orderly
Dick Wessel Jim Hale
Erville Alderson Patient Awaiting Discharge Hearing
Jean Andren Nurse
Russell Arms Patient Awaiting Discharge Hearing

Producers

Robert Lord Producer

Editors

Conrad A. Nervig

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