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The Underworld Story (1950)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  26 July 1950 (USA)
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The story of the fight of a small-town newspaper to free an innocent girl of a murder charge, with the publisher of a metropolitan city newspaper heading, by forced circumstances, the opposing forces.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ...
Mike Reese
Herbert Marshall ...
E.J. Stanton
...
Cathy Harris
Howard Da Silva ...
Carl Durham
Michael O'Shea ...
District Attorney Ralph Munsey
...
Molly Rankin
Gar Moore ...
Clark Stanton
Melville Cooper ...
Maj. Redford
Frieda Inescort ...
Mrs. Eldridge
Art Baker ...
Lt. Tilton
Harry Shannon ...
George 'Parky' Parker
...
Shaeffer
Stephen Dunne ...
Chuck Lee
Roland Winters ...
Stanley Becker
Sue England ...
Helen
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Storyline

Mike Reese, yellow journalist and antihero, prints a story that leads to a gang killing, and is blacklisted from the city papers under suspicion of ties with racketeer Carl Durham. So, with a shrug, he makes the suspicion come true, then elbows his way into the editorship of the local paper in a small town where, opportunely, a sensational murder case threatens to destroy the family of newspaper magnate E.J. Stanton. When a black servant is made the patsy for this killing, Reese helps himself by helping her...but proves a dangerous ally. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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FIGHTING REPORTER EXPOSES CORRUPTION (original posters-all caps) See more »


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26 July 1950 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Catherine Harris: Did you ever rob graves, Mr. Reese?
Mike Reese: No future in it.
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Powerful Film Unfairly Treated
7 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The more I watch classic films, the more I discover what a great year 1950 was in the movie business. Here's another good film, and one many people are probably unfamiliar with. This one revolves around the newspaper business.

Dan Duryea, as usual, is interesting as "Mike Reese," a bad guy-turned-good guy journalist. He is joined in the cast by Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm (one of the great names in show business and who will forever be "My Little Margie" to those of us who were around in the '50s), Howard Da Silva and Michael O'Shea.

Of the above-mentioned, Da Silva was the most fascinating, as the brutal mob boss "Carl Durham." He only had a minor role, but some of his lines were outstanding and his role was memorable. Da Silva was a great actor for film noirs. This isn't really a noir, but it's close. Marshall was just fine as the newspaper owner.

The film was not kind to the newspaper business, so some media-minded film critics (who probably had columns in daily papers) didn't like this film for that reason. Too bad. They should have liked it, since it had Left Wing written all over it, with several Liberal themes and favorite catch-phrases such as "witch hunts" (one of their all-time favorites).

Nonetheless, it's a powerful film and well-acted.


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