Miami cop Bart Scott tracks down, in Cuba, a fugitive witness who can shed light in a double homicide and about the activities of a Miami mob lawyer who uses murder and blackmail in order to force the legalization of gambling in Florida.
Miami police lieutenant Bart Scott (Lee J. Cobb)follows sultry Lila Hedges (Patricia Medina)to Havana, Cuba to obtain information about a double murder in Miami, learns that vice-operator Raymond Sheridan (Alan Napier)and lobbyist Oliver Tubbs (Edward Arnold) are scheming to introduce legalized gambling to Florida. In Miami again, Scott thwarts the efforts of Sheridan's hired killers to silence Lila. Written by
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The working titles of this film were Shakedown on Biscayne Bay , Shakedown on Biscayne Drive and Biscayne Bay . The film begins with an onscreen narrator explaining that "this is a stunning exposé based on fact concerning a vicious attempt by organized crime to take over the entire state of Florida. But for the alert and courageous work of Florida's law enforcement agencies and the integrity of government administrations, the threat may have been made good." The film continues in a semi-documentary style, featuring commentary by an offscreen narrator. According to a Feb 1956 LAT news item, Dennis O'Keefe was originally to star in the film. Although a Mar 1956 LAT news item notes that ventriloquist Rickie Lane was conferring about a part in the picture, Lane does not appear in the released film. According to a Mar 1952 HR news item, Robert Kent was originally to have written the screenplay. The Var review notes that background shooting was done in Havana, Cuba, Miami, FL and the Florida Everglades. Although Miami Exposé was produced as a low-budget production and tradeshown in Jul 1956, Columbia executives decided to withhold it from general release until Sep 1956 so that the studio could build up the publicity campaign and release it as a major production, according to a Jul 1956 HR news item. The film marked the last performance of Edward Arnold, who died on 26 Apr 1956. Although some sources cite The Ambassador's Daughter (see above), which was shot earlier but released around the same time as Miami Exposé , as Arnold's last film, according to the Var review, the longtime character actor was fatally stricken while making Miami Exposé . (AFI) See more »
When driving around Havana in the 1956 Buick, the color stays the same but the model changes. The more expensive model has four of Buick's signature fake exhaust ports, while the cheaper model has three. These are used alternately. See more »
Police detective Lee J. Cobb (as Barton "Bob" Scott), who wants to retire in two years, fights off gangland efforts by crooked attorney Alan Napier (Ray Sheridan) and stocky partner-in-crime Edward Arnold (Oliver Tubbs), who want to turn Miami into a southeastern Las Vegas. After a fatal shooting, Mr. Cobb must protect sexy Patricia Medina (as Lila Hodges), who witnessed the killing of Cobb's police captain...
It you can stand to watch "Miami Exposé" until the end, you may want to know why Cobb's fiancée, a police widow, includes son Barry Connors (as Stevie Easton) on a cabin trip with a woman targeted for assassination. Couldn't safety-conscious Eleanore Tanin (as Ann Easton) find a sitter? Well, the shootout was fun This was silent film actor, "Diamond Jim" star, and character actor Edward Arnold's final film.
*** Miami Exposé (9/56) Fred F. Sears ~ Lee J. Cobb, Patricia Medina, Edward Arnold
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