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Big Town After Dark (1947)

A crusading newspaper reporter battles big-city gambling interests.

Director:

William C. Thomas

Writer:

Whitman Chambers (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phillip Reed ... Steve Wilson (as Philip Reed)
Hillary Brooke ... Lorelei Kilbourne
Richard Travis ... Chuck LaRue
Ann Gillis ... Susan Peabody LaRue (as Anne Gillis)
Vince Barnett ... Louie Snead
Joe Sawyer ... Monk
Robert Kent ... Jake Sebastian (as Douglas Blackley)
Charles Arnt ... Amos Peabody
Joseph Allen Joseph Allen ... Wally Blake--Reporter (as Joe Allen Jr.)
William Haade ... Marcus
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Storyline

When Lorelei Kilbourne leaves her job as the police reporter for the Illustrated Press, Managing Editor Steve Wilson employs the publisher's niece, Susan Peabody, to replace her. Susan becomes involved with gangsters in plotting a $50,000 swindle against her uncle, which Steve and the returned Lorelei uncover. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FRONT PAGE THRILLS AFTER DARK (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Underworld After Dark See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Good Little Time Passer
8 January 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Pretty good little programmer. No one expects Oscar bait from Pine-Thomas's budget productions. Still, the cast appears motivated, while the script, though convoluted, has a couple good twists. I'm particularly impressed with an animated Reed who too often delivered wooden performances, but not here. Seems he's playing editor of a city newspaper that's trying to take down the town's gambling casinos. At the same time he's working to keep his staff together while trying to accommodate the boss's ambitious daughter. But things aren't always as they seem, as he eventually finds out.

Kudos to director Thomas—half of the Pine-Thomas producing team—who shows skill at directing. I wouldn't be surprised if his presence behind the camera had a lot to do with motivating the cast. My only gripe is with the under-use of the great Hillary Brooke. Her regal presence always adds to movie proceedings. Here, however, she doesn't have much to do after the opening scene.

Anyway, nothing memorable here, just a good little time-passer based on a popular radio program of the time.


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