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Big Town After Dark (1947)

A crusading newspaper reporter battles big-city gambling interests.

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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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Gambling Racket BLASTED! 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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Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions 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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Followed by Big Town Scandal (1948) See more »

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What's Steve gonna do when Lorelei leaves?
29 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Big Town After Dark" is a decent B-movie from tiny Pine-Thomas, a company known for its mediocre and sub-par Bs. Fortunately, this is one of the better films they made.

Steve (Phillip Reed) is the managing editor of a newspaper. His day is looking pretty glum when his star reporter, Lorelei (Hillary Brooke) announces she's quitting to become a literary writer. He's desperate to keep her there...but he has another problem to deal with...his boss wants him to hire the niece...and she has no experience at a newspaper. Then Steve gets an idea....use the boss' niece to try to keep Lorelei with the paper. Little did he know that this would NOT be a particularly good idea!

This film has a lot of noir elements--the nasty bossman who runs the town and a local gambling den, folks getting the snot knocked out of them and murder! Well worth seeing and an interesting story once it got going.


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