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The Shakedown (1960)

After being released from prison, Augie Cortona sets up a blackmail operation, fronted by a model agency. When the authorities get wind of his activities, they send in an undercover police ... See full summary »

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Augie Cortona
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Mildred Eyde
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Jessel Brown
Bill Owen ...
David Spettigue
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Chief Insp. Bob Jarvis
Harry H. Corbett ...
Gollar
Gene Anderson ...
Zena
Eddie Byrne ...
George - Barman
John Salew ...
John Arnold
Georgina Cookson ...
Miss Firbank
Joan Haythorne ...
Miss Ogilvie
Sheila Buxton ...
Nadia
Dorinda Stevens ...
Grace
Jack Lambert ...
Sgt. Kershaw
Larry Burns ...
1st Thug
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After being released from prison, Augie Cortona sets up a blackmail operation, fronted by a model agency. When the authorities get wind of his activities, they send in an undercover police woman, but when she is recognised, the police need to move in on the operation, before Cortona can take his revenge. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Models were the bait for BLACKMAIL!

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January 1960 (UK)  »

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Bandoleiros do Asfalto  »

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Sheila Buxton receives a "guest star" credit. See more »

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Referenced in Piccadilly Third Stop (1960) See more »

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Shakedown
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Written by Philip Green
Sung by Sheila Buxton
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Polite English gangster movie."Goodfellas " it ain't.
5 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I went to the world premier of this film.It was held at the Regent Cinema,Brighton around 1960.I remember I was wearing a pair of winklepickers that became more uncomfortable as the film progressed. Some of the principal members of the cast lived in the Brighton area which must have saved on cab fare. "The shakedown" to my mind was indistinguishable from a long line of British second feature black and white crime films that preceded it. It was crisply shot,peopled by actors who should have known better but managed to keep a straight face and it disappeared off the radar shortly after it's release. It was like a tarted-up Edgar Lustgarten short. Of course compared to most TV crime shows nowadays it was great art. It only needed Peter Bull(well,he lived local),Eric Pohlman and Francis Wolff to make it complete. Suspending all critical faculties I can enjoy it because it evokes an age when people would still watch gangster films without coming out drenched in blood shouting"Die,mother******".


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