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MOVIE: Act of Violence (1948)

Story by Collier Young

Screenplay by Robert L. Richards

Directed by Fred Zinnemen

Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor, Phyllis Thaxter, Barry Kroeger

A young married couple, Frank and Edith Enley ( Heflin and Leigh) with a young child, find their domestic life interrupted when an old pal from the war, Joe Parkson (Ryan) decides to retaliate for an unforgivable act. His girlfriend Ann, (Thaxter) fries to dissuade him from his plan to kill Frank.

Desperate and on the run, Frank meets Pat ( Astor) who tries to help. Plans become complicated, but Frank’s final act of friendship for evens the score.