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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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Peggy Stauton
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Kellwin C. Burke
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Randy Stauton
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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$596,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$434,000, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$645,000, 31 December 1952
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Chick Johnson: Buck is everybody around here chicken?
Capt. Buck Maxwell: You ever been scared of losing your job? Having your little store maybe burned out? or your truck wrecked? or getting beat up? Maybe crippled or lying around on a Phony Rap? Or maybe having your wife bothered or even your kids?
Chick Johnson: Scared or Bought?
Capt. Buck Maxwell: Bought guys talk slick. These guys talk sore. Here. You ever noticed this thing? These guys have all been called in for the Treatment.
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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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Mildly entertaining
29 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

MGM wandered out of its league when it made "The Sellout" and the result is a mildly entertaining thriller that doesn't have much tension. All the pieces are in place -- Walter Pidgeon as a crusading newspaper editor, John Hodiak as a government sleuth, Audrey Totter as the sexy pianist at a sleazy roadhouse. But whereas Warner Bros. would have given the tale a hard edge, it comes up sorta' soft in Metro's hands. Perhaps the best performances in the film go to the villains, led by Thomas Gomez as a brutal, corrupt sheriff and Everett Sloane as his smarmy mouthpiece. They're fine. But something's not quite right when the villains stroll off with the movie.


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