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The Boss of Big Town (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 December 1942 (USA)
A criminal plot to control produce and dairy products during the wartime emergency is foiled by an courageous undercover city market official.



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Complete credited cast:
Linda Gregory
Jeffrey Moore
Kenneth Craige
Iris Moore
David Bacon ...
Dr. Gil Page
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Lane
Bram Hart
Inspector Torrence
Paul Dubov ...
Patricia Prest ...
Francis Hart


Diligent City Market official Michael Lynn resists overtures by well-to-do gangster Kenneth Craige to fix produce and dairy prices during wartime. Lynn seems unable to stop the resulting sabotage and violence on the part of the mob to bring the farmers and wholesalers into line and so is fired by city attorney Jeffrey Moore. After Lynn's assistant Bram Hart is murdered for going to the authorities, Lynn takes responsibility for his daughter and feigns co-operation with Craige in order to discover the real boss of the criminal enterprise. Lynn unmasks Moore as the corrupt head, and the conspiracy is exposed and foiled. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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BLACK MARKET RACKET! He placed his life on the line...to uncover the sinister power that was racketeering in a big city's daily bread See more »


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Release Date:

7 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Boss of Big Town  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In an early scene when Mike uses a phone to call for an ambulance for an injured market vendor - the phone doesn't have a cord! See more »


Jeffrey Moore: Well, keep on talking. I'm interested in what you have to say.
Michael Lynn: I've got plenty to say. You're pretty smug, Moore - making that great talk over the radio! You're for the people? I'll say you are - for what you can get out of them! Talk about the 5th Column! You've invented a new one - the 6th Column! You've fooled one of the most important items for our morale! You stand behind the flag, cheating the people! Racketeering babies! They ought to hang you for treason and they will! You might get me,...
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Food for the Mob
11 December 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"In this rousing crime drama, a hard-nosed gang of criminals attempts to move in on local food distribution channels. Vowing to break down their strong-arming operation is heroic city market official Michael Lynn (John Litel), who hopes to disband the racket by removing the operation head from power. Lynn's scheme is to infiltrate the gang as an incompetent stooge on the government's payroll, unmask the leader's identity, and then make his deadly move," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

Mr. Litel gets to play the leading man, but in a low-budget, under-rehearsed quickie. Perky reporter Florence Rice (as Linda Gregory), in her penultimate screen appearance, is Litel's main female interest. Ms. Rice wears very TALL headgear. "The Boss of Big Town" offers some good-looking 1940s female fashion, with a California pool scene, and Jean Brooks (as Iris Moore).

There is also an opportunity to see Howard Hughes protégée David Bacon (as Dr. Gil Page). In real life, Mr. Bacon would soon be found stabbed to death, in an odd, unsolved Hollywood murder. Silent film veterans H.B. Warner (as Jeffrey Moore) and John Miljan (as Kenneth Craige), along with future veteran Frank Ferguson (as Bram Hart), are among those who fail to generate any additional excitement.

*** The Boss of Big Town (12/7/42) Arthur Dreifuss ~ John Litel, Florence Rice, David Bacon, H.B. Warner

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