Act of Violence (1949)

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A former prisoner of war, Frank Enley is hailed as a hero in his California town. However, Frank actually aided his Nazi captors, and he closely guards this secret. Frank's shameful past comes back to visit him when fellow survivor Joe Parkson emerges, intent on making the turncoat pay for his betrayal. As Joe closes in on Frank, the traitor goes into hiding, abandoning his wife, Edith, who has no clue about her husband's wartime transgressions.

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 90% / Audience 77%

Rated Unrated,  1 hr 22 mins

Drama • Thriller
Fred Zinnemann
Van Heflin  •  Robert Ryan  •  Janet Leigh  •  Mary Astor

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Van Heflin Frank R. Enley
Robert Ryan Joe Parkson
Janet Leigh Edith Enley
Mary Astor Pat
Phyllis Thaxter Ann
Berry Kroeger Johnny
Taylor Holmes Gavery
Harry Antrim Fred
Connie Gilchrist Martha
Will Wright Pop
Dick Elliott Conventioneer Wearing Lampshade
Ralph Peters Tim the Bartender (uncredited)