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11 August 1957 (USA) See more »
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A tavern owner in Portland, Oregon gets involved in a struggle for power between two gangs attempting to control the unions... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Hard-as-nails little low-budget noir See more (14 total) »


  (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 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:18 (nf)


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Hard-as-nails little low-budget noir, 3 February 2008
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

This is a tough look at the difference between unions and criminally controlled protection. Portland is a peculiar setting for a film noir. It works well, though: The opening narrative begins like a travelogue and gradually shifts into comments on the city's corruption.

The cast is excellent. It's not always the most beautiful looking group. The ingénue, who is pretty, wears her hair slicked back with what looks like Brylcreme. Virginia Gregg, the notable radio actress playing her mother, looks a little old for the role and tired.

It's a twisted movie, though. Catch this: Frank Gorshin, of all people, plays a hit man who is also a pedophile! That's a new one on me -- though child molestation does figure in that great classic of weirdness, film noir, and beauty "The Naked Kiss" a few years later.

The bit players add a lot. There's a scene, just a throwaway, in which a blonde playing a slot machine yells "Jackpot!" and goes into paroxysms of glee as the camera moves away and dumps her.

And the portly older gal imported to Portland to oversee the b-girl business is fabulous. We meet her as she gets off a plane and totters along in her high heels, fur stole wrapped defiantly around her. Her description of her "girls" is priceless: It prefigures the introduction Melanie Griffith provides herself in "Body Double" decades later.

Make no mistake: This is a serious movie. It was obviously done on the cheap. But it's done with great style.

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