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(aka "Acusado a traición" )


directed by Richard Fleischer
USA 1949


When Bill Williams comes out of a coma at a Naval hospital in Long Beach, he knows who he is but doesn't know why he's there. But he overhears staff talking about his impending court-martial for treason: Apparently he snitched on his fellow Americans in a Japanese prison-camp, leading to their deaths by torture. No fool he, he grabs some civvies and slips out the door, headed to San Diego and the widow (Barbara Hale) of one of his dead buddies.


The Clay Pigeon is another of the trim and stripped-down noir thrillers churned out by Richard Fleischer in the post-war years. While not as deftly worked out as Armored Car Robbery or The Narrow Margin, it clocks in at just over an hour and delivers the goods.


Theatrical Release: 29 June 1949 (New York City)

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DVD Review: Manga Films - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:00:16 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.57 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English, Spanish Dub)
Subtitles Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Manga Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Richard Fleischer Filmography
• Bill Williams Filmography
• Barbara Hale Filmography

DVD Release Date: April 19th, 2006
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Richard Fleischer directed several B-noir thrillers for RKO before breaking big with The Narrow Margin and Warner Archive Collection released a couple of them on DVD - Bodyguard and Follow Me Quietly. Unfortunately, the title that was directed between these two, The Clay Pigeon, is yet to get a North American release. A stab at amnesia noir, it's been available on DVD in France and Spain for a couple of years now.

This Spanish disc is from Manga Films, which released a number of RKO pictures on digital media. While some French releases of RKO films from Éditions Montparnasse were interlaced, this Spanish DVD is progressive. The image is quite sharp with a good contrast and very little damage. It's clearly an earlier transfer that is likely to get an eventual region 1 release, unless Warner will be remastering this film. The audio is decent and a better mix compared to Spanish dub. The only extras are a few filmographies, probably copied from imdb. A highly recommended noir with a decent DVD release. Hopefully, stateside DVD is coming sooner than later that doesn't have PAL speed-up.

  - Gregory Meshman


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