The Boss of Big Town (1942)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  7 December 1942 (USA)
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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:
Florence Rice ...
Linda Gregory
Jeffrey Moore
John Miljan ...
Kenneth Craige
Jean Brooks ...
Iris Moore
David Bacon ...
Dr. Gil Page
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Lane
Bram Hart
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Inspector Torrence
John Maxwell ...
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 (

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GANG WAR! Ruthless Gangsters Fight For Control of Big City's Food Supply! (original poster) See more »


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7 December 1942 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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'6th Columnist'
8 January 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This B film from PRC Studios which did nothing but B films was brought out quickly after Pearl Harbor to emphasize the importance of rationing and price control. The wholesale food and produce markets have always been a target of racketeering. During the Thirties one of Tom Dewey's investigations was against Ciro Terranova the Artichoke king who controlled several wholesale markets. But with the war you have the added dimension of war profiteering and hence the people involved were considered traitors.

John Litel, usually a most competent supporting player, is the lead in The Boss Of The Big Town. He's in charge of the wholesale market which John Miljan the racketeer is threatening. Being stymied in all directions, Litel decides it's better to join them than fight them. Of course he's really going undercover to find out who the boss really is.

It's not just that The Boss Of The Big Town has the usual shoddy production values associated with PRC films, but the script really makes no kind of sense at all. Especially during the final confrontation scene with The Boss Of Big Town where Litel tells him something that brings about a 180 degree change in attitude. A little too late for a man who Litel only seconds earlier was calling a '6th columnist' and the object of that term was lapping it up.

And if you can't figure out who the boss is you have not seen too many of these films.

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