Screenplay by Anthony Veiller and John Huston (uncredited); adapted from the short story by Ernest Hemingway
Burt Lancaster (The Swede)
Ava Gardner (Kitty Collins)
Edmond O'Brien (Riordan)
Albert Dekker (Colfax)
Sam Levene (Lieutenant Lubinsky)
Vince Barnett (Charleston)
Virginia Christine (Lilly)
Jack Lambert (Dum Dum)
Charles D. Brown (Packy)
Donald MacBride (Kenyon)
Charles McGraw (Al)
William Conrad (Max)
(bursts into room)
Swede! I was over at Henry's. A couple of guys came in and tied up me and the cook. They shoved us in the kitchen. They said they were going to shoot you when you came in at supper. Well George thought I should come over and tell ya!
There's nothing I can do about it.
I can tell you what they look like.
I don't wanna know what they're like. Thanks for coming.
Don't you want me to go and see the police?
No. They wouldn't do any good.
Isn't there something I can do?
There ain't anything you can do.
Couldn't you get out of town?
No. I'm through with all that running around.
Why do they wanna kill you?
I did something wrong. Once. Thanks for coming.
Yeah. Yeah. That's alright.
I saw all the Swede's fights.
How wonderful of you. I could never bear to see a man I really care for being hurt.