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The Phenix City Story (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 August 1955 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Albert L. Patterson
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Ellie Rhodes
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Rhett Tanner
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Mary Jo Patterson
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Fred Gage
Truman Smith ...
Ed Gage
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Cassie
Kathy Marlowe ...
Mamie (as Katharine Marlowe)
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Allen Nourse ...
Jeb Bassett
James Edwards ...
Zeke Ward
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Helen Ward
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Hugh Bentley
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Hugh Britton
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Storyline

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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ALABAMA'S CITY OF SIN AND SHAME! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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14 August 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cidade do Vício  »

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| (without prologue)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where the little black child was murdered and thrown onto the Patterson's lawn never occurred. It was added for dramatic effect. See more »

Goofs

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

Mamie: [provocatively as John enters the casino] Are you lookin' for someone important or will I do?
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Connections

Referenced in Bad Seed (2000) See more »

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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