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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Whip See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

FilmCraft Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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

Catherine Harris: Did you ever rob graves, Mr. Reese?
Mike Reese: No future in it.
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Connections

References The Song of Bernadette (1943) See more »

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hard hitting unknown film
30 April 2003 | by grimmfoSee all my reviews

The sleeve on the VHS release of "Underworld Story" calls it "a powerful indictment of sensationalistic journalism." But this very interesting little "B" film's real "powerful indictment" is against the methods of the House Un-American Activities Committee in its search, during the late 1940's and early 1950's, for Communists and fellow travelers in America, especially in the film industry. "Underworld Story" was filmed just after HUAC's hearings of 1949/50 had ended. It was released (1951, through United Artists)as the first of the Hollywood Ten were going off to prison. Both director Cyril Enfield and screenwriter Henry Blankfort were "named" as Communists and both ended up blacklisted (as was actor Howard DaSilva). "Underworld Story" is not mentioned in the various books on the Hollywood blacklist, probably because it was an indie genre picture and lacked the cachet of a big-budget major studio effort. But, make no mistake, "Underworld Story" is a savage indictment of witch hunts, moral ambivalence and racism. All this would be very dry, but "Underworld Story" - although the story is familiar (cad sees the light) - is well plotted, well written, and well acted.


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