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Inside Detroit (1956)

Approved  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  January 1956 (USA)
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Gus Linden (Pat O'Brien)former racketeer head of a Detroit local of the United Automobile Workers of America, A.F.L, attempts to destroy his successor, Blair Vickers (Dennis O'Keefe),so he ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Blair Vickers
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Gus Linden
Tina Carver ...
Joni Calvin
Margaret Field ...
Barbara Linden
Mark Damon ...
Gregg Linden
Larry J. Blake ...
Max Harkness (as Larry Blake)
Ken Christy ...
Ben Macauley
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Pete Link (as Joseph Turkel)
Paul Bryar ...
Sam Foran
Robert Griffin ...
Hoagy Mitchell (as Robert E. Griffin)
Guy Kingsford ...
Jenkins
Dick Rich ...
Toby Gordon
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Preacher Bronislav
Katherine Warren ...
Ethel Linden
John Cameron Swayze ...
John Cameron Swayze, On-Screen Commentator
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Gus Linden (Pat O'Brien)former racketeer head of a Detroit local of the United Automobile Workers of America, A.F.L, attempts to destroy his successor, Blair Vickers (Dennis O'Keefe),so he can put his old rackets back into the auto factories. Vickers fights him off, ultimately winning help from Linden's attractive daughter, Barbara (Margaret Field), and from Joni Calvin (Tina Carver), Vickers' moll. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Struggle Inside The UAW
14 September 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A couple of Irish film stars, Pat O'Brien and Dennis O'Keefe star in Inside Detroit, a city not known for being the location of too many films. The Robocop films and the Mark Wahlberg film Four Brothers are the only other ones that come to mind.

Detroit may be still the most heavily unionized city in the continental United States due to the automobile industry. In fact the line between the United Auto Workers and the Democratic Party of Michigan is all, but erased. At the time that Inside Detroit was filmed, over half of the workers in the USA were unionized as opposed to less than 25% today. It was a different world.

Racketeers moving in on unions is an old story. In New York City it was the garment industry, in Detroit its automobiles.

When a bomb goes off in a union hall killing Dennis O'Keefe's brother, he springs into action. He knows the man responsible is Pat O'Brien and the rest of the film is dealing with how to bring him down.

For one of the few times in his career O'Brien is a bad guy. A seemingly respectable married man, wife and two kids, Katharine Warren and Mark Damon and Margaret Field, he's also got one hush/hush mistress on the side in vice madam Tina Carver.

Without saying what happens, it's on the family front that O'Keefe works to bring O'Brien down.

The film is competently made with some nice shots of Detroit in the prosperous Fifties. O'Keefe's character as hero is good, but fairly one dimensional.

My guess is that if you're willing to accept Pat O'Brien as an adulterous villain, you will like Inside Detroit.


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