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The Phenix City Story (1955)

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A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Albert L. Patterson
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John Patterson
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Ellie Rhodes
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Rhett Tanner
Lenka Peterson ...
Mary Jo Patterson
Biff McGuire ...
Fred Gage
Truman Smith ...
Ed Gage
Jean Carson ...
Cassie
Kathy Marlowe ...
Mamie (as Katharine Marlowe)
John Larch ...
Clem Wilson
Allen Nourse ...
Jeb Bassett
James Edwards ...
Zeke Ward
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Helen Ward
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Hugh Bentley
George Mitchell ...
Hugh Britton
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In this semidocumentary, an Alabama town is run by a crime syndicate that's grown fat on prostitution and crooked gambling, directed at soldiers from Fort Benning across the river. Lawyer John Patterson, back from the army, is triggered by what he sees to join the reformers with a plan: to run his father Albert for state attorney general. The syndicate responds with escalating violence: is no one safe? Credits preceded by a "newscast" containing spoilers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Exposed in LIFE, LOOK and THE SATURDAY EVENING POST! Now the year's greatest screen sensation! See more »


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14 August 1955 (USA)  »

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Cidade do Vício  »

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Trivia

Such was director Phil Karlson's attention to detail, he had some of his actors wear the actual clothes of their screen counterparts. See more »

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When the body of Zeke Ward's little girl is thrown onto the Pattersons' lawn from the passing car, it is obviously a doll. See more »

Quotes

John Patterson: [Viewing the dead body of a black girl thrown from the car] Who is she?
Albert L. Patterson: Zeke's baby.
John Patterson: Did thy kill her just for this?
Albert L. Patterson: They've killed for less.
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Soundtracks

Phenix City Blues
Music and Lyrics by Harold Spina
Sung by Meg Myles
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Low budget, hard hitting.
21 May 2002 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

During the Clete Roberts preface, I was beginning to think this was an Ed Wood production, however, what rolls out here is some pretty hard hitting stuff. The story of crime and corruption in a Southern town is told using a cast culled from Hollywood's Poverty Row, and this makes the movie all the more realistic. There are no punches pulled here, and at times the film is reminiscent of "The Well"(1951). The Black and White texture gives a newsreel-like quality. For certain, younger viewers will be reminded of "The Blair Witch Project" but this one IS based on REAL events!


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