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The Pushover Details


Two bank robbers get away with 250,000 dollars in unmarked, unrecorded bills, murdering a guard in the process. The police know the leader was Harry Wheeler (Paul E. Richards) and turn their attention to his girlfriend, Leona McLane (Kim Novak), detective Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) arranging to pick her up in a "chance" meeting at a movie and spend some time with her. After one day, he knows what he needs to -- that she's not in touch with Wheeler, but expects to be -- but he keeps things going between them for three more days. By the time the department has a full surveillance team in place, he can't get her off his mind, and when she discovers that he's a cop and raises the notion of letting events take their course with Wheeler (i.e., him ending up dead) and the two of them keeping the money, he's hooked. Sheridan is fast on his feet and a quick thinker and sees how he might pull this off and get the two of them away clean. But he doesn't bargain for the alcoholism of one of the detectives (Allen Nourse) on the surveillance team, the inquisitive nature of his squad commander (E.G. Marshall), or the attachment that his younger associate (Philip Carey) develops for a nurse (Dorothy Malone) living in the building they're observing. Kim Novak had previously appeared in small roles in some films at RKO, but The Pushover marked her formal introduction to audiences as a star, and she more than lives up to the billing and the buildup she received, her acting ability and her physique easily carrying her end of the picture (she's onscreen alone for long minutes under observation, and is convincingly seductive), while MacMurray gives one of the best performances of his career, rivaling his work in MacMurray, MacMurray, and MacMurray. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

  • Release date:July 30, 1954


Fred MacMurray
as Paul Sheridan
Kim Novak
as Leona McLane
Philip Carey
as Rick McAllister
Dorothy Malone
as Ann Stewart
E.G. Marshall
as Lt. Carl Eckstrom
Allen Nourse
as Paddy Dolan
Alan Dexter
as Fine
Don C. Harvey
as Peters
Ann Morriss
as Ellen Burnett
Anne Loos
as Teller Who Screams
Paul Picerni
as Dapper Man
Tony Barrett
as Man
Hal Taggart
as Bank Executive
Marion Ross
as Young Woman
Dick Crockett
as Young Man
John Tarangelo
as Boy
Mort Mills
as Bartender
Mel Welles


Richard Quine
Jules Schermer
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Morton
Composer (Music Score)
Jerome Thoms
Walter Holscher
Art Director
Jean Louis
Art Director
Jean Louis
Costume Designer