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Dial Red O (1955)

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63 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The first of the five films where Bill Elliott played a detective lieutenant in the L.A Sheriff's department, Dial Red "O" (the correct title with the number 0 (zero), as on a telephone dial, shown in ") opens with war-torn veteran Ralph ...See moreThe first of the five films where Bill Elliott played a detective lieutenant in the L.A Sheriff's department, Dial Red "O" (the correct title with the number 0 (zero), as on a telephone dial, shown in ") opens with war-torn veteran Ralph Wyatt getting word that his wife is divorcing him, and he flees the psychiatric ward of the veteran's hospital, wanting to talk to her. His escape touches off an all-out manhunt, led by Lieutenant Andy Flynn of the sheriff's department. Wyatt's wife, Connie is having an affair with Norman Roper, a judo expert in Wyatt's old Marine unit. When Roper refuses to divorce his own wife (Regina Gibson) to marry Connie, they have a violent quarrel in Connie's apartment. Roper kills Connie and incriminates Wyatt, who is arrested and held on suspicion of homicide. Convinced that Roper is the real murderer, Wyatt escapes from his cell in the Hollywood Sheriff's office, and goes to Roper's home. Lt. Flynn has discovered evidence pointing to Roper as the killer, and arrives in time to prevent Wyatt from killing him. Jazzman Shorty Rogers (and his Giants) are also on hand as part of the Hollywood night life. The Elliott role name was changed to Andy Doyle for the following four films in the series, as there was a real Andy Flynn working in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Written by Les Adams See less
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Ellsworth Fredericks (as Ellsworth Fredricks)
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Updated Mar 13, 1955

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Mar 13, 1955 (United States)

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29 cast members
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Bill Elliott
Detective Lt. Andy Flynn Detective Lt. Andy Flynn   See fewer
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Helene Stanley
Connie Wyatt Connie Wyatt   See fewer
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Keith Larsen
Ralph Wyatt Ralph Wyatt   See fewer
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Paul Picerni
Norman Roper Norman Roper   See fewer
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Jack Kruschen
Lloyd Lavalle Lloyd Lavalle   See fewer
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Elaine Riley
Policewoman Gloria Policewoman Gloria   See fewer
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Robert Bice
Sgt. Tony Columbo Sgt. Tony Columbo   See fewer
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Rick Vallin
Deputy Clark Deputy Clark   See fewer
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George Eldredge
Major Sutter Major Sutter   See fewer
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John Phillips
Deputy Morgan Deputy Morgan   See fewer
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Regina Gleason
Mrs. Roper Mrs. Roper   See fewer
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Rankin Mansfield
Coroner Coroner   See fewer
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Mort Mills
Newspaper Photographer Newspaper Photographer   See fewer
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William Tannen
Devon--Newspaper Reporter (as William J. Tannen) Devon--Newspaper Reporter (as William J. Tannen)   See fewer
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Shorty Rogers
Bandleader (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants) Bandleader (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)   See fewer
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Gregg Barton
Attendant (uncredited) Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry J. Blake
Wayne - Waiter (uncredited) Wayne - Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Doyle Brooks
VA Patient (uncredited) VA Patient (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cecil Combs
Sidewalk Passerby (uncredited) Sidewalk Passerby (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Conrad
Second Patrolman (uncredited) Second Patrolman (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Hart
Uniformed Deputy (uncredited) Uniformed Deputy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lars Hensen
Bar Patron (uncredited) Bar Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Scott Lee
Deputy Warren (uncredited) Deputy Warren (uncredited)   See fewer
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Forrest Lewis
Captain (uncredited) Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sydney Mason
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leighton Noble
Charlie - Dispatcher (uncredited) Charlie - Dispatcher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Peckinpah
Cook in Diner (uncredited) Cook in Diner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mike Ragan
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited) Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Roberts
First Patrolman (uncredited) First Patrolman (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 57 votes