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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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  (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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:18 (nf)


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Okay Programmer, 1 December 2011
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A tavern owner helps authorities get the goods on gangs trying to take over a labor union.

This Lindsley Parsons production is one of the many "confidential" or "expose" films of the time. Usually the tabloid title would include the name of a city whose supposed racketeers the movie would then expose. This movie appears inspired by the acid blinding of New York City labor reporter Victor Riesel in 1956 for his investigations into labor racketeering in that city.

The low-budget Parsons outfit may have produced this programmer, but they managed two key assets, despite the lowly origins. First, they got heavyweight actor Ed Binns for the lead, along with familiar face Virginia Gregg and that fine little actress Carolyn Craig. What Binns lacks in marquee value, he makes up for in sheer talent, having been one of the Twelve Angry Men (1957) in that powerhouse film of the same year.

Second, the movie did extensive location filming in Portland, lending the visuals both interest and a realistic air. The woodsy tavern, in particular, looks genuine instead of the usual Hollywood fakery. Then too, the screenplay manages some suspense, especially when Madison (Binns) goes undercover. But the highlight may be hoodlum Joe's (Gorshin) attempted rape of sweet little Ruth (Craig). It's pretty explicit for the time.

If there's a downside, in my book, it's the absence of real menace from any of the bad guys (contrast with the subtle menace of kingpin Edward Andrews' in Phenix City Story {1955}). All in all, however, the movie manages a number of interesting features without being anything special.

(In passing—Catch sexpot Jeanne Carmen (Iris) who was Marilyn Monroe's "bosom buddy" in more obvious ways than one. Also, such a shame that Carolyn Craig died so young and under rather mysterious circumstances, as well.)

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