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Shakedown (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 September 1950 (USA)
Unscrupulous and opportunistic San Francisco news media photographer Jack Early steps-on and uses folks, to get ahead, but in the end he tangles with the wrong people.

Director:

Joseph Pevney (as Joe Pevney)

Writers:

Nat Dallinger (story), Martin Goldsmith (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Howard Duff ... Jack Early
Brian Donlevy ... Nick Palmer
Peggy Dow ... Ellen Bennett
Lawrence Tierney ... Harry Colton
Bruce Bennett ... David Glover
Anne Vernon ... Nita Palmer (as Ann Vernon)
Peter Virgo Peter Virgo ... Roy
Charles Sherlock ... Sam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rock Hudson ... Ted
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Storyline

Jack Early is a go getting photographer who is determined to make a name for himself. He manages to be hired by a major San Francisco newspaper and from then on he is prepared to do anything to achieve his aim. Undaunted by anything, Early sinks into the underworld where gang boss Nick Palmer takes him under his wing. Thanks to him, Jack can take sensational snapshots of heisters at work. Which is not enough for him. Soon, thinking he is protected by the compromising photos he keeps taking, he starts manipulating and double crossing hoodlums, including his mentor Nick Palmer... Written by Guy Bellinger

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His Camera Was More Deadly Than A Gangster's Gun! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magnificent Heel See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Joseph Pevney: Keller the reporter. See more »

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Well done crime drama
7 November 2019 | by mooreesecdSee all my reviews

Back then, people like the character played by Howard Duff were called ruthless. Now, we call them sociopaths. They want money and success and will stop at nothing to get them. Duff is a news photographer who will do anything to get a great photo, and who then decides to blackmail crooks with photos, for a cut of their profits. Donlevy good in his secondary role, even though it is underdeveloped.


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