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The Underworld Story (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 July 1950 (USA)
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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(as Cyril Endfield)

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(screenplay), (adaptation) (as Cyril Endfield) | 1 more credit »
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Mike Reese
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E.J. Stanton
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Cathy Harris
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Carl Durham
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District Attorney Ralph Munsey
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Molly Rankin
Gar Moore ...
Clark Stanton
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Maj. Redford
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Mrs. Eldridge
Art Baker ...
Lt. Tilton
Harry Shannon ...
George 'Parky' Parker
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Shaeffer
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Chuck Lee
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Stanley Becker
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Helen
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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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The Whip  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was Edward Van Sloan's final film before his death on March 6, 1964 at the age of 81. See more »

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District Attorney Ralph Munsey: Take it easy, Reese. Things are tough all over. Pretty soon a man won't be able to sell his own mother.
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Enjoy It For What It Is.
28 May 2013 | by (Whiting, Indiana) – See all my reviews

One might choose to ponder the social messages that this film supposedly contains---witch hunts, HUAC investigations, etc---but I'd recommend that you just sit back and enjoy a terrific, well-plotted and fast-moving film.

Not to ignore any social issues that the film might have intended to address, but you're really spinning yer' wheels over very little if you spend too much time looking for them. True, the innocent black maid is framed for murder (and, indeed, Gar Moore's despicable character even utters the "N" word), but it strikes me as just another compelling element in this very intense drama (and if they wanted to make a big social point, why didn't they hire an actual black actress for the part, I wonder?)

Dan Duryea was born to play the role of Mike Reese; he totally dominates the film, and brilliantly. Gale Storm is pretty and has a nice, simple charm about her, but she's totally out of her league alongside Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Howard da Sylva, and Michael O'Shea.

Speaking of da Sylva's role, several other reviewers have cited his "scenery chewing"; I disagree, and strongly. DaSylva, a first-rate actor, is a model of control: suave, witty, affable...a facade which barely manages to conceal a razor-sharp hostility just beneath the surface. It's a masterful, if fairly brief, performance.

Also, it's fascinating to watch "Underworld Story" and discover why the classic "Night of the Hunter" (1955) looks the way it does. Stanley Cortez's bleak, stylized cinematography adds immensely to the atmosphere of "Underworld", especially the near-expressionistic look of the streets and buildings of the town where most of the action takes place.

"Underworld Story" should be regarded as a stand-out example of classic, late 40-s noir.


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