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A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.

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Jim Austin
Joan Camden ...
Marge Austin
Harold J. Kennedy ...
Don Carey
Marjorie Crossland ...
Mrs. Sirak
Victor Sutherland ...
Murray Sirak
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Chief Gillette
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Phil Harding
Geraldine Hall ...
Mrs. Nelson
Hal K. Dawson ...
Clyde Nelson
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Rev. Nash
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Linda Purcy
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
Anderson
Paul Newlan ...
Krug
Frances Morris ...
Mrs. Harding
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A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.

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NO PUNCHES PULLED...NO TRUTHS UNTOLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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26 March 1952 (USA)  »

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Cidade Cativa  »

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A simple and effective crime drama
9 October 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

John Forsythe stars in this excellent crime drama directed by Robert Wise. Unlike most movies involving the mob, this one is quite a bit different, as you never actually get to see many of the crooks and the menace is much more implied than actual. This isn't bad, as it makes the film seem less predictable and more realistic.

Forsythe is a newspaper owner in a small town where you'd never expect the mob. When a local private detective comes to Forstythe with stories of mobs and payoffs, the newspaperman can't believe it and only does a cursory investigation. But, when a bit later this detective is killed, Forstythe starts to wonder if there really is more to the story. Unfortunately for him, when he digs deeper, he puts his life on the line as well.

Senator Kefauver (who made a name for himself crusading against organized crime) gives an epilogue in which he says the story is true. I'd really like to know more, though IMDb doesn't have any information about the case. If anyone can give me more info, I'd appreciate it.


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