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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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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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14 August 1955 (USA)  »

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A Phenix City történet: A terror birodalma  »

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In the film, John Patterson (Richard Kiley) is depicted as supportive of African-American Zeke Ward (James Edwards) and his family. In real life, following his term as Alabama attorney general (1954-1958), he ran for governor in 1958, ran an openly racist campaign and won. One of his opponents, George Wallace, had run as a racial moderate and told his friends after the election, "John Patterson out-niggered me, and I'm never gonna be out-niggered again." Four years later, in 1962, Wallace won the governorship of Alabama as an avowed segregationist. 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

Albert L. Patterson: Rhett, I'm not stickin' my neck out. Why should I? Phoenix City has been what it is for 80, 90 years. Who am I to try to reform it?
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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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27 October 2003 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Thought-provoking story of corruption in 1950s Alabama. Realistic characters and an air of menace make this a compulsory watch. The longer version - with the 12 min introduction - is the one to see.

Good performances and some harrowing scenes make this the best film of 1955. 7/10


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