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The Sellout (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1952 (Australia)
During the 1950s, a small-town newspaper editor and a state assistant attorney-general fight corrupt local officials from one rotten county.

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Haven D. Allridge
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Chick Johnson
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Cleo Bethel
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Peggy Stauton
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Kellwin C. Burke
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Randy Stauton
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Capt. Buck Maxwell
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Nelson S. Tarsson
Jonathan Cott ...
Ned Grayton
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Bennie Amboy
Hugh Sanders ...
Judge Neeler
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J.R. Morrison
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Elk M. Ludens
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Wilfred Jackson
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Sam F. Slaper
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Haven D. Allridge is the editor-in-chief of the News-Intelligencer newspaper in St. Howard, a town where he and his family have lived all their lives. Peggy, Randy and Marcia Staunton - Haven's married daughter, her husband, and their child - now live about thirty miles away in Bridgewood County, which is adjacent to the St. Howard town limits. Randy is the county prosecutor. Haven learns first hand the corruption of the county sheriff, K.C. Burke, and his associates when, in an innocent enough move in picking up an acquaintance, Wilfred Jackson, at a bus stop located within the county and lightly bumping but not damaging a county sign with his car in the process, Haven and Wilfred are hauled into jail, where they spend the night before appearing before the county judge the next morning. Beaten up by prisoners with who they shared the cell, Wilfred, who has no money and pleads not guilty to the charge of soliciting rides on the highway, is held at a labor camp for trial in thirty days... Written by Huggo

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How much does it take for a Woman to Sellout her Man?

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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6 June 1952 (Australia)  »

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County Line  »

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$596,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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

Quotes

Chick Johnson: In the Mute Parade of these frightened citizens. Weak men and Strong men who have become weak and Big Men who have become Little. All frightened. Their very silence testifies to that more strongly than shouted words... Their first protection was the law. Out of the domination of brutal and ruthless men, the law was turned against them. There is another protection: Public Opinion. Public Opinion finds its voice in the Press. The Free Press. Here, a courageous editor brought his newspaper to the ...
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

You Can't Do Wrong Doing Right
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Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Performed by Ruth Martin
[Sung by the character Cleo Bethel portrayed by Audrey Totter]
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Another Somewhat Bland MGM Effort
21 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MGM Decided late in the Game to start Producing these Types of Street-Level, Contemporary, Crime and Corruption Movies that RKO and WB had been doing quite Effectively for Years. But as was Almost Always the Case, They just didn't have it, in both Style and Tone.

This One is not Pure Film-Noir but does have some of the Elements. The Jail Room and Hideout Scenes are the Best. The Actors do give it some Noir Feel, more than most of the Set-Ups and there is Enough Sleaziness to give the Film Gravitas.

The Final Act Courtroom Scenes pretty much put an End to the Edginess, Concluding with a Straight Forward and Preachy Blandness. Overall worth a View for the Better Parts but Pales in Comparison to the more Hard-Boiled, Gritty Stuff that was Around at the Time.


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