Thieves' Highway

Thieves' Highway (1949)

You Need a Friend, Strong Man, - And I'm Friendly!

  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1949-09-20
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 97 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: 20th Century Fox
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Jules Dassin
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From 97 Ratings


Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently beaten and burglarized by mob-connected trucker Mike Figlia, and Nick resolves to get even. He partners with prostitute Rica, and together they go after Mike, all the while getting pulled further into the local crime underworld.

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  • Richard Conte

    as Nick Garcos
  • Valentina Cortese

    as Rica
  • Lee J. Cobb

    as Mike Figlia
  • Barbara Lawrence

    as Polly Faber
  • Jack Oakie

    as Slob
  • Millard Mitchell

    as Ed Kinney
  • Joseph Pevney

    as Pete
  • Morris Carnovsky

    as Yanko Garcos
  • Tamara Shayne

    as Parthena Garcos
  • Kasia Orzazewski

    as Mrs. Polansky
  • Norbert Schiller

    as Mr. Polansky
  • Hope Emerson

    as Midge
  • Percy Helton

    as Roadside Bar Manager (uncredited)
  • Walter Baldwin

    as Officer Riley (uncredited)
  • Robert Bice

    as Announcer (uncredited)
  • Howland Chamberlain

    as Mr. Faber (uncredited)
  • David Clarke

    as Mitch (uncredited)
  • Roy Damron

    as Motor Policeman (uncredited)
  • Jules Dassin

    as Man in Freight Elevator (uncredited)
  • Al Eben

    as Newman (uncredited)
  • Robert Foulk

    as Taller Cop at Roadside Bar (uncredited)
  • Joe Haworth

    as Inspector (uncredited)
  • Ted Jordan

    as State Highway Policeman (uncredited)
  • Frank Kreig

    as Clerk (uncredited)
  • Saul Martell

    as Stukas (uncredited)
  • Edwin Max

    as Dave (uncredited)
  • John Merton

    as State Highway Policeman (uncredited)
  • Ann Morrison

    as Mable (uncredited)
  • James Nolan

    as Smaller Cop at Roadside Bar (uncredited)
  • David Opatoshu

    as Frenchy (uncredited)
  • Frank Richards

    as Cab Driver (uncredited)
  • Maurice Samuels

    as Mario (uncredited)
  • Mario Siletti

    as Pietro (uncredited)
  • Irene Tedrow

    as Mrs. Faber (uncredited)
  • George Tyne

    as Charles (uncredited)
  • Dick Wessel

    as Cab Driver (uncredited)
  • Harry Wilson

    as Fifth (uncredited)
Art Chester Gore Art Direction
Writing A.I. Bezzerides Screenplay
Art Lyle R. Wheeler Art Direction
Directing Jules Dassin Director
Editing Nick DeMaggio Editor
Sound Alfred Newman Original Music Composer
Production Robert Bassler Producer
Writing A.I. Bezzerides Novel
Camera Norbert Brodine Director of Photography
Art Thomas Little Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Kay Nelson Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Ben Nye Makeup Artist
Sound Harry M. Leonard Sound
Sound Alfred Bruzlin Sound
Costume & Make-Up Charles LeMaire Wardrobe Master
Sound Lionel Newman Music Director
Sound Earle Hagen Orchestrator
Visual Effects Fred Sersen Visual Effects
Directing Stanley K. Scheuer Script Supervisor