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The Clay Pigeon

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The Clay Pigeon
Theatrical release lobby card
Directed byRichard Fleischer
Produced byHerman Schlom
Screenplay byCarl Foreman
Story byCarl Foreman
StarringBill Williams
Barbara Hale
Richard Quine
Music byPaul Sawtell
CinematographyRobert De Grasse
Edited bySamuel E. Beetley
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • February 14, 1949 (1949-02-14) (US)[1]
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Clay Pigeon is a 1949 American film noir directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Carl Foreman, based on a true story. The drama features Bill Williams and Barbara Hale, real-life husband and wife.[2]


Jim Fletcher (Williams), a former inmate in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, awakes from a coma at a naval hospital, only to be told he's been accused of murder. Fletcher is not quite certain of his guilt so he escapes from the hospital in search of his best friend, another ex-POW.



Critical response

Time Out film reviews wrote of the film, "Directed by Fleischer with tight, spare energy, although the implausible script and bland leading performances (with Hale as the dead friend's wife, initially hostile but soon losing her heart) make it much inferior to The Narrow Margin.[3]


  1. ^ "The Clay Pigeon: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  2. ^ The Clay Pigeon at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ Time Out Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine. Film reviews, 2008. Last accessed: February 16, 2008.
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