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The Sellout (1952)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  18 February 1953 (France)
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Big-city newspaper Editor Haven D. Allridge starts a crusade to smash corrupt small-town sheriff Burke. After Allridge is suddenly intimidated into silence, state's attorney Chick Johnson ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Haven D. Allridge
John Hodiak ...
Charles 'Chick' Johnson
Audrey Totter ...
Cleo Bethel
Paula Raymond ...
Peggy Stauton
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Sherrif Kellwin C. 'Casey' Burke
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Randolph 'Randy' Stauton
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Capt. Buck Maxwell
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Nelson S. Tarsson
Jonathan Cott ...
Deputy Edward 'Ned' Grayton
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Bennie Amboy
Hugh Sanders ...
Judge Neeler
Griff Barnett ...
Atty. General J. R. Morrison
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Elk M. Ludens
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Wilfred Jackson
Roy Engel ...
Sam F. Slaper
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Big-city newspaper Editor Haven D. Allridge starts a crusade to smash corrupt small-town sheriff Burke. After Allridge is suddenly intimidated into silence, state's attorney Chick Johnson continues the fight for right. He discovers that the sheriff is keeping Allridge quiet by threatening to reveal the criminal activities of Allridges son-in-law Randy Stanton. Written by Christof Roscher

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Final film of Richard Cramer, whose career started back in the days of silent films. See more »

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The opening credits all appear on newspapers which have just been dumped from a truck and are ready for delivery. The title appears as if it were a newspaper headline. See more »

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You Can't Do Wrong Doing Right
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
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Headline Fallout
16 September 2007 | by (Bridgend, South Wales) – See all my reviews

Others have summed up the plot in far more detail; so suffice to say, this MGM second-feature has Pigeon taking centre stage in a Smalltown USA, man-against-the-mob story of a newspaper editor getting bogged down in the mire of police corruption he's battling to expose.

Despite being relatively full of incident the action is not exactly rivetingly staged, but then the script allocates much more time to wordy exposition than it does the kind of noir-ish trappings that might otherwise befit this type of plot.

That said there's a full rogue's gallery of a B-cast embodying themes of wasted lives and silent witnesses which, for the running time, was enough to carry this viewer through to the compellingly executed courtroom climax.


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