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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.



(screenplay), (original story)




Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Craige
Iris Moore
Dr. Gil Page
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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GANG WAR! Ruthless Gangsters Fight For Control of Big City's Food Supply! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

7 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boss of Big Town  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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A bit dull but not that bad...
12 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Considering that the film was made by tiny PRC, it sure could have been a lot worse! I know this isn't exactly a glowing endorsement, but it is better than about 75% of the films I've seen from this so-called 'Poverty Row' studio! Now I know this isn't going to get you to rush to see it, BUT if you are bored you can download it for free from the link on IMDb.

The film begins with mobsters muscling in on the produce business. When people refuse to play along with them, 'accidents' happen! The problem is that although the police can catch the individual gang members, the identity of Mr. Big is uncertain--and eventually calls for some undercover work.

As another reviewer pointed out, the message from this film was very patriotic and was emphasizing the importance of price controls and self-sacrifice during time of war. Unfortunately, the film just doesn't make that point very interestingly and the boss' sudden change of heart made zero sense at all---leading to a very unsatisfying finale. Still, the acting wasn't bad and it wasn't bad...just not all that good either.

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