Fresh out of prison, blackmailer Gus Anderson intends to use Willie's casino to launder his victims' money. To insure his cooperation, Gus' thugs are holding one of Willie's waiters hostage... See full summary »

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Fresh out of prison, blackmailer Gus Anderson intends to use Willie's casino to launder his victims' money. To insure his cooperation, Gus' thugs are holding one of Willie's waiters hostage. Glamorous singer Betty Maxwell shows up at Dante's, as scheduled, to lose at blackjack and avoid having a risqué photo of her mailed to the tabloids. Knowing that Lt. Waldo will but his casino yet again, Willie invites to cop over to watch Gus violate his parole. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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28 June 1956 (USA)  »

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Sacrifice for justice
5 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Now that I've seen a few of Dick Powell's Willie Dante teleplays from Four Star Playhouse we really missed a bet not having him do a series. He had the characterization of the worldly wise club owner with the backroom gambling for which he has to dodge the law every now and then.

Blackmailer Joe Downing who has some dirt on singer Shirley Patterson wants to use Powell's backroom to make a payoff seem legitimate. To convince Powell he kidnaps waiter Alan Mowbray. Think about The Big Sleep and how Lauren Bacall was paying off her blackmailer and you'll get the picture.

In any event Powell is smooth and thinks fast on his feet. He has to make a bit of a sacrifice, but it's in the interest of justice.

This is Powell at his noir best.


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