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A Man Betrayed (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 March 1941 (USA)
A small-town attorney comes to the city to investigate the murder of a friend and falls in love with the daughter of the crime ring he hopes to expose.

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Isabel Dawn (screenplay), Jack Moffitt (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Lynn Hollister
Frances Dee ... Sabra Cameron
Edward Ellis ... Tom Cameron aka Boss Cameron
Wallace Ford ... Casey
Ward Bond ... Floyd
Harold Huber ... Morris Slade
Alexander Granach ... T. Amato
Barnett Parker ... George - Cameron's Butler
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Prosecutor (as Ed Stanley)
Tim Ryan ... Mr. Wilson
Harry Hayden ... Langworthy
Russell Hicks ... C.R. Pringle
Pierre Watkin ... Governor
Ferris Taylor ... Mayor
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Storyline

Country lawyer Lynn Hollister comes to the city to investigate the murder of a friend found shot after spending the evening in The Inferno, a night club that fronts for an illicit gambling operation. It is covertly run by an affable but corrupt politician, 'Boss' Tom Cameron, who uses voter fraud to maintain influence on city hall and the governor's mansion. Hollister learns that his friend was a winner in a dice game on the night of the murder and threatened exposure of Cameron's vice racket. Complications arise when other underworld forces vie to take over Cameron's operation, and Holister falls in love with Cameron's beautiful daughter. Written by duke1029

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Taglines:

Fearless! Stalking his prey in a stronghold of corruption...Daring death for the woman he loves! (original poster)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wheel of Fortune See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a member of Frances Dee (I)'s family, the scene in which John Wayne (I) wraps her up in a tablecloth and carries her out to the car was scripted to use a double for Dee. Wayne spontaneously carried off Dee instead, shocking her. The director left it in. See more »

Goofs

A wire can be seen attached to the speech papers. The papers are supposed to be blown away by an electric fan. See more »

Quotes

Lynn Hollister: You know, you'd be lovely if you had brown hair.
Sabra Cameron: I have brown hair.
Lynn Hollister: [Fixing his eyes on her] Yeah... !
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Crazy Credits

Very near the end of the film where it shows all the luggage is marked "Spring Valley" even on the motorcycle policemen's motorcycle, then on the last policeman's back is a package marked "The End". See more »

Connections

References I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional
Played as part of the score twice
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Sort of like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" done on a microscopic budget and starring a caveman.
27 November 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This John Wayne film is rarely seen and I was surprised to see it being aired on a local TV channel. Since I've seen just above all of Wayne's AVAILABLE films, I was excited to see this film. While it wasn't bad, it also was underwhelming since, at heart, it was just a cheap B- movie made just before John Wayne became a super-star.

When the film begins, a man is murdered. However, it's all quickly chalked up to suicide and it's all swept under the rug. What they didn't anticipate was that the dead guy had a bull-headed friend, Lynn (John Wayne) and he was intent on getting to the bottom of things. At first, the local political boss is able to make Wayne believe that there was no conspiracy and the man died of natural causes. Besides, the man's daughter, Sabra (Frances Dee) was cute and Lynn was obviously very taken with her. But, over time, Lynn starts to realize that there is more than meets the eye to all this...the local 'Progressive Party' is anything but! What's next? See the film.

This film is pretty much like most Bs--hastily written, full of plot problems and yet is entertaining. It's also featuring John Wayne as a caveman, of sorts--the sort of role folks liked back in the 40s but which will annoy many viewers with today's sensibilities. A film mostly for big-time Wayne fans and that's all--especially with the really, really dumb ending where the ultra-bad guy suddenly changes his spots!


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