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The Underworld Story (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 July 1950 (USA)
The story of the fight of a small-town newspaper to free an innocent girl of a murder charge, with the publisher of a metropolitan city newspaper heading, by forced circumstances, the opposing forces.

Director:

Cy Endfield (as Cyril Endfield)

Writers:

Henry Blankfort (screenplay), Cy Endfield (adaptation) (as Cyril Endfield) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ... Mike Reese
Herbert Marshall ... E.J. Stanton
Gale Storm ... Cathy Harris
Howard Da Silva ... Carl Durham
Michael O'Shea ... District Attorney Ralph Munsey
Mary Anderson ... Molly Rankin
Gar Moore Gar Moore ... Clark Stanton
Melville Cooper ... Major Redford
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Eldridge
Art Baker ... Lt. Tilton
Harry Shannon ... George 'Parky' Parker
Alan Hale Jr. ... Shaeffer
Stephen Dunne ... Chuck Lee
Roland Winters ... Stanley Becker
Sue England ... Helen
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Storyline

Mike Reese, yellow journalist and antihero, prints a story that leads to a gang killing, and is blacklisted from the city papers under suspicion of ties with racketeer Carl Durham. So, with a shrug, he makes the suspicion come true, then elbows his way into the editorship of the local paper in a small town where, opportunely, a sensational murder case threatens to destroy the family of newspaper magnate E.J. Stanton. When a black servant is made the patsy for this killing, Reese helps himself by helping her...but proves a dangerous ally. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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GIRL TRAPPED IN POLICE DRAGNET! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Whip See more »

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Production Co:

FilmCraft Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was filmed in 1949, but not released until 1950. See more »

Goofs

In the funeral scene there is a head stone marked Robert Elis 1720-1777. After the service as the mourners are leaving, the same head stone appears in a completely different place. See more »

Quotes

District Attorney Ralph Munsey: Take it easy, Reese. Things are tough all over. Pretty soon a man won't be able to sell his own mother.
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References The Song of Bernadette (1943) See more »

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Title is misleading - but a solid 'B' picture anyway
9 June 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Why 'The Underworld Story'? I guess there are some underworld types present but the emphasis is not on the underworld. It's a story about a newspaper editor who has lost his moral compass and moves to the sticks. This is one very few pictures in which Dan Duryeas' name is above the title, and he does an excellent job. Those of us who count him among our favorite character actors will not be disappointed in his star turn here. Complete with sardonic grin and usual wisecracks, he is in his element as the editor-in-search-of-scruples.

It carries the Warner Bros. patina - a gritty crime melodrama with a mix of social commentary and thick-ear rough stuff, and with a curious collection of supporting characters. Howard Da Silva, Gale Storm, Michael O'Shea and Harry Shannon all do themselves credit and Herbert Marshall(?) also manages to fit in.

This is a good semi-noir. It starts off as one but switches in mid-picture to straight drama and then back again. Only 90" long, it holds your interest throughout. It may not sound promising but sometimes you can't judge a movie by its title.


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