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Decoy (1946) Directed by Jack Bernhard
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Genre: Crime / Drama / Film Noir...

Jean Gillie (14 October 1915 – 19 February 1949) was an English film actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Gillie appeared in 20 British and two American films before her career was cut short by her early death.

During the war Gillie met American film director Jack Bernhard while he was on military service and stationed in Britain. The couple married in May 1944, and after the end of the war went to live in the United States. Gillie made her American screen debut in 1946 in the cult film noir Decoy, directed by Bernhard. This was a radical departure from any role she had played before, casting her as a devious, manipulative, conniving and completely unscrupulous femme fatale. A contemporary reviewer commented: "It's been a long time since the screen has seen a more sinister feminine character than the one which Jean Gillie plays in Decoy"[1] The film was a Poverty Row production from Monogram Pictures, fading from view after its original cinema run and remaining little-known and largely unseen for many years.

Latterly, however it has gained an appreciative new audience among film noir aficionados after being included in Volume 4 of the Warner Bros. issued DVD series Film Noir Classics Collection, released in the U.S. in 2007, when it was described in Entertainment Weekly as a "weird but transfixing tale".[2]

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This gripping, gritty film noir begins as a mortally wounded physician staggers into the apartment of a vicious vixen, the leader of a notorious gang of thieves.Shots ring out, and the police rush to the scene.

 

Sergeant Leonard gets there to find the doctor dead, and the woman failing fast. As she lay gasping she decides to tell the sergeant the whole terrible story that began when she got involved with a cop-killing robber who was captured and sentenced to death.

Before his fateful date with the gas chamber, he lets the rest of the gang know where he hid the $40,0000 they netted from the caper; he, with her help, also arranges to ingest the doctor's newly developed drug, an antidote to cyanide, to escape his "execution."

The plot works, and eventually, the gangster is back in business.He gives his girl half of the map, but unfortunately gets shot by a rival before he can give her the other half. The ruthless woman and another gang member then force the doctor to assist them with their search.

They are heading off to the location, when the double-crossing she-devil kills the other gangster in a horrible manner and continues on with the doctor.

They find the chest containing the loot and they get an awful surprise. The woman begins laughing hysterically as if on the verge of a full-blown break down.

She shoots the doctor and then flees, thereby bringing the story up to the present.

Just before she dies, the ruthless woman reveals the astonishing contents of the chest.

[To Find Out What That Treacherous Femme-Fatale Discovers in The Chest Just Watch The 1946  Film Noir "Decoy."]

 

 

Tags: doctor, fatale, femme, film, flashback, gillie, greed, jean, money, monogram, More…murder, noir, prison

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[Thanks, To Tony D'Ambra, for letting me borrow this ad...for the 1946 "Decoy."]

Original Monogram 1946 Decoy 11"x14" Title lobby card starring, Jean Gillie, Edward Norris and Robert Armstrong. Lobby card is in very good condition. All items listed are authentic items used by theaters. NO REPRODUCTIONS.

Original Monogram 1946 Decoy 11"x14" lobby card #2 starring, Jean Gillie, Edward Norris and Robert Armstrong. Lobby card is in very good condition. All items listed  are authentic items used by theaters. NO REPRODUCTIONS.

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Original Monogram 1946 Decoy 11"x14" lobby card #7 starring, Jean Gillie, Edward Norris and Robert Armstrong. Lobby card is in very good condition. All items listed  are authentic items used by theaters. NO REPRODUCTIONS.

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