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A Man Betrayed (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 March 1941 (USA)
A small-town attorney comes to the city to investigate the murder of a friend and falls in love with the daughter of the crime ring he hopes to expose.

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Tom Cameron
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Casey
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Floyd
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Morris Slade
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T. Amato
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George
Edwin Stanley ...
Prosecutor (as Ed Stanley)
Tim Ryan ...
Mr. Wilson
Harry Hayden ...
Langworthy
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Pringle
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Ferris Taylor ...
Mayor
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Country lawyer Lynn Hollister comes to the city to investigate the murder of a friend found shot after spending the evening in The Inferno, a night club that fronts for an illicit gambling operation. It is covertly run by an affable but corrupt politician, 'Boss' Tom Cameron, who uses voter fraud to maintain influence on city hall and the governor's mansion. Hollister learns that his friend was a winner in a dice game on the night of the murder and threatened exposure of Cameron's vice racket. Complications arise when other underworld forces vie to take over Cameron's operation, and Holister falls in love with Cameron's beautiful daughter. Written by duke1029

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Fearless! Stalking his prey in a stronghold of corruption...Daring death for the woman he loves! (original poster)

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Approved
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7 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wheel of Fortune  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a member of Ms. Dee's family, the scene in which Wayne wraps Dee up in a tablecloth and carries her out to the car was scripted to use a double for Dee. Wayne spontaneously carried off Dee instead, shocking her. The director left it in. See more »

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A wire can be seen attached to the speech papers. The papers are supposed to be blown away by an electric fan. See more »

Quotes

Lynn Hollister: That election was about as honest as a $3 bill.
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Crazy Credits

Very near the end of the film where it shows all the luggage is marked "Spring Valley" even on the motorcycle policemen's motorcycle, then on the last policeman's back is a package marked "The End". See more »

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References I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Played as part of the score twice
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Mediocre
7 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching this movie, but there is no use pretending that it has any particular merit. It is interesting to watch early John Wayne movies where he is not playing a cowboy and not fiddling with his revolver. The female lead, Frances Dee, was very interesting to watch, lively and attractive. She reminds me of Geena Davis when young as in EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY (1988, see my review). She stopped acting in 1954, aged 55, and had made 56 films by then. The story of this film is so unconvincing and implausible that it is not even worthwhile attempting to describe it. It is nonsense from beginning to end. The Hungarian émigré director John H. Auer directed the film. It is both easy to watch and easy to forget.


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