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The Basketball Fix (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Sport | August 1951 (USA)
A college basketball star collaborrates with organized crime and becomes involved in 'point shaving.' A sportswriter tries to get him back on the right track.

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(as Felix Feist)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pete Ferreday
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Johnny Long
Vanessa Brown ...
Pat Judd
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Mike Taft
Hazel Brooks ...
Lily Courtney
Johnny Sands ...
Jed Black (as John Sands)
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Mickey Long (as Bobby Hyatt)
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Nat Becker
Ted Pierson ...
Police Lt. Garrett
John Phillips ...
Rival Reporter (as Johnny Phillips)
Lester Sharpe ...
Jewelry Salesman (as Lester Sharp)
Art Millan
Lionel Kay
Jack Reynolds
Donald Kerr ...
Headwaiter
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A college basketball star collaborrates with organized crime and becomes involved in 'point shaving.' A sportswriter tries to get him back on the right track.

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Big-shot gamblers prostituting the nation's youth!

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Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Approved
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Release Date:

August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Decision  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The photo of Johnny in handcuffs shown at the beginning of the film differs from the scene where the photo was taken. The lights in the building are off in the photo but on in the scene, the number of people standing behind Johnny are different, and the man in the plaid shirt standing next to the policeman in the photo is not standing next to him in the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Rival Reporter: Hiya, Pete. Mind if I join the wake? Quite a yarn, huh?
Pete Ferreday: Yeah.
The Rival Reporter: You cookin' up a new angle for your column?
Pete Ferreday: No, thanks. This one's been grilled, fried and boiled in every rag in the country.
The Rival Reporter: That so? There's an angle that hasn't been touched.
[he shows Pete a photo of Johnny Long in handcuffs]
The Rival Reporter: Earn your bracelet with a college degree.
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13 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Basketball Fix, The (1951)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A poor college freshman is a wiz on the basketball court but soon gets involved with gangsters in a points shaving scheme. Here's another moral "B" film from the 1950's this time taking shots at gamblers. The film doesn't have good acting or a real good story but it remains slightly entertaining throughout. It doesn't hurt matters that it only runs 65-minutes either. John Ireland stars as the sports reporter who starts to see the star shaving the points.

You can find this film on DVD through various public domain companies.


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