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11 August 1957 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Edward Binns ... George Madison

Carolyn Craig ... Ruth Madison

Virginia Gregg ... Clara Madison

Russ Conway ... Phil Jackman
Lawrence Dobkin ... Garnell (as Larry Dobkin)

Frank Gorshin ... Joe
Joseph Marr ... Larry (as Joe Marr)
Rusty Lane ... Tom Carmody

Richard Bellis ... Jimmy Madison (as Dickie Bellis)

Lea Penman ... Annie Stoneway

Jeanne Carmen ... Iris
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francis De Sales ... Alfred Grey (uncredited)
Kort Falkenberg ... Speed Bromley (uncredited)
Stanley Farrar ... Spud Lennox (uncredited)

Joe Flynn ... Ted Carl (uncredited)
Maxine Gates ... Slot Machine Jackpot Winner (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Union Ally (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Henchman (uncredited)
Larry Thor ... Capt. Vincent (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold D. Schuster  (as Harold Schuster)
Writing credits
Jack DeWitt (original screenplay)

Produced by
John H. Burrows .... associate producer
Lindsley Parsons .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Carl Berger (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Maurice Wright 
Casting by
Fred H. Messenger 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Makeup Department
Willard Colee .... makeup artist
Bertha French .... hairdresser (as Bertha H. French)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Sam Harris .... property master
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... chief set electrician (as Lloyd L. Garnell)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Russell Hanlin .... wardrobe
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
Other crew
John Schum .... technical advisor
Bobbie Sierks .... set continuity

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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:18 (nf)


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Some highly charged scenes, and a feel for 1950s innocence in America, 29 October 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Portland Express (1957)

Overall, this is often a stilted affair, and it begins and ends with a canned voice-over about Portland, the Oregon city at the center of this unlikely crime scenario. And for people looking for noir, this is not noir at all, though it does have a kind of throwback to some gangster thugs, and there is a good twenty minutes of night stuff that has a noir look.

Portland Express is more about American innocence, and the surprise anachronism of these mobsters in fedoras pressuring a cute roadhouse into using their pinball machines. Which leads to bigger pressures.

The lead man is a small time movie and later t.v. character, Edward Binns, a solid but unexciting actor, sort of perfect for this solid but unexciting town (back then--now I hear it's solid and exciting). And his daughter is a complete unknown who acts her heart out, and really feels like a teenager on the cusp of womanhood in a realistic way. This matters because she becomes central to the plot, including in a harrowing and almost abusive rape scene (it pushes the violence very hard for a movie of this simplicity). But it's a turning point for Binns, the father, and for the plot, as this likable, ordinary family man goes undercover to get the bad guys.

Naturally, we root for him, and see the dismantling of the syndicate. It gets increasingly dark and desperate over time, and a bit unlikely, but you'll still want to watch to the end, when the cavalry arrives--a group of ordinary men in plaid shirts who rush in to save the day. It's not as hilarious as it sounds. There is a quality of really beautiful, ordinary middle-America here that resonates, and that helps show this is really a 1950s movie. It's widescreen black and white, and a genuine slice of its period.

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