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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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Lt. Scott (Lee J. Cobb) refers to the person who shot his partner as a 'gunsel'. A comment in "Maltese Falcon' (q.v.) explains that when Hammett wrote the novel The Maltese Falcon, he described Wilmer as a "catamite" (a young man in a sexual relationship with an older man). The publisher objected, so Hammett changed it to "gunsel," an obscure bit of street slang with the same meaning. Because so few people were familiar with the term, it snuck past the Breen Office and into the finished film. Most people who watch the movie assume "gunsel" is just another word for gunman. 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 »
For me, "Miami Exposé" is a slam-dunk recommendation. Not only is it a good crime film, it features some supporting actors I really enjoy--Edward Arnold (in his last film), Alan Napier and Lee J. Cobb.
The film begins on a seemingly ordinary Sunday. Lt. Scott (Cobb) finishes his shift and heads home while his friend stays to mind the office. A call comes in to the police that someone witnessed a stabbing. This old friend of Scott investigates...and ends up dead! Scott's time off is soon disrupted by a call telling him what's occurred and he vows to get those responsible.
So what's going on--why the double murder? Well, it turns out that this is somehow related to an underworld scheme to legalize gambling in Florida and 'Mr. Big' turns out to be a guy you'd never expect to play such a ruthless role--Alan Napier. Napier is the dignified British actor who played Alfred the Butler on the old "Batman" show--a fine and distinguished guy. Here, however, his British accent has disappeared and he's downright evil--and I really, really liked seeing this casting. Additionally, his toady (Arnold) was fine--especially in the final scene. All in all, this is a tough and enjoyable film. Not among the greats of the genre but well worth your time and quite well written and acted.
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