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The Basketball Fix (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 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
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Pat Judd
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Mike Taft
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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 ...
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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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Approved
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August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Decision  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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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The Basketball Boulevard of Broken Dreams
11 September 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Newspaper sports columnist John Ireland (as Pete Ferreday) finds mature-looking basketball player Marshall Thompson (as Johnny Long) in a high school locker room. With his father in a sanitarium, Mr. Thompson must work to support himself and little brother Bobby Hyatt (as Mickey); possibly, school officials were unaware of this living arrangement. After Mr. Ireland helps the young man win a scholarship, Thompson becomes a college freshman star athlete. Working at a swanky country club, Thompson meets curvy Vanessa Brown (as Pat Judd), and the two are quickly engaged. Still strapped for cash, Thompson is tempted by wealthy William Bishop (as Mike Taft), who pays players to "fix" game points.

"The Basketball Fix" doesn't look "Digitally Remastered," as is claimed on the present DVD releases; the picture is acceptable, but not sharp. The synopsis states, "This noir-ish film, expertly directed by Felix Feist, documents events that seem commonplace today, but were scandalous at the time of the film's original release." You might think a player like Thompson's "Johnny Long" would be satisfied with the millions of dollars he would make today, but perhaps not. And, the film doesn't really resemble a "film noir". It is a typical story about a sports youth being tempted by gangsters, but done in the style and structure of the recently successful "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), with Ireland channeling William Holden.

***** The Basketball Fix (8/51) Felix Feist ~ John Ireland, Marshall Thompson, Vanessa Brown, William Bishop


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