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The True Story of Lynn Stuart (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 3 March 1958 (USA)
When the nephew and his friend of Phyllis Carter are killed in an automobile crash while under the influence of narcotics, she persuades Police Lieutenant Jim Hahan to use her as an ... See full summary »

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Phyllis Carter - aka Lynn Stuart
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Willie Down
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When the nephew and his friend of Phyllis Carter are killed in an automobile crash while under the influence of narcotics, she persuades Police Lieutenant Jim Hahan to use her as an undercover agent, despite the fact she is married and has a young son. She is trained to impersonate "Lynn Stuart", who did time for a bank hold-up, and is given a job at a drive-in restaurant where members of a narcotics gang are known to frequent. She attracts the attention of Willie Down, a mid-level boss in the gang and begins getting information from him which she passes on to the FBI. Her husband, alarmed over the health of their son gets her to promise to quit. Willie takes her to Mexico before she can inform anyone where she is going, where he and a gang henchman murder the driver and guard of a truck transporting dope and hijack the load. Phyllis/Lynn goes to the ladies room of a service station where she scribbles their destination on a mirror using lipstick hoping to be rescued. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>, A. Nonymus

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"I DON'T DARE SHOW MY FACE!" (original print ad - all caps)

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Crime | Drama

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3 March 1958 (USA)  »

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Final film of director Lewis Seiler. See more »

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The veteran cop refers to the well-known Orange County CA community as Garden Groves (plural), instead of its actual name of Garden Grove. See more »

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Edmund G. Brown: I am Edmund G. Brown, the attorney general of the state of California. The constitution of this state designates me as the chief law officer and head of the state's Department of Justice. One of the most important bureaus in the Department of Justice is the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. As attorney general, I know that drug traffic and drug addiction go hand-in-hand with crime in general. Not only are narcotic violations the leading felonies in most of our counties, but more than...
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17 June 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Columbia goes to a series of newspaper articles about the drug traffic in this story about upper middle class housewife Betsey Palmer volunteering to go undercover for the narcotics squad. The sincerity of the story telling and, indeed, Miss Palmer's acting, manage to overcome a few holes in logic, like her ability to impersonate an ex-con after studying a list of junkie slang.

Basically the understated night-life photography of Burnett Guffey and a large cast of skilled if little-known screen actors of all ages -- including Snub Pollard and Eddie Le Veque as well as Jack Lord as the lead drug dealer -- manage to keep this interesting enough to overcome the problem. Plus Miss Palmer is gorgeous. It's a pity she didn't get a chance to be in more movies until a quarter century later, but she had plenty of work in TV.


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