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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
Joseph Garland Moore Jr. Joseph Garland Moore Jr. ... Clark Stanton (as Gar Moore)
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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WRITTEN IN HOT LEAD! The Shocking Story of the "'SYNDICATE" (original print ad) 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

Catherine Harris: Did you ever rob graves, Mr. Reese?
Mike Reese: No future in it.
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References The Song of Bernadette (1943) See more »

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First rate "B" noir
8 March 2005 | by dcole-2See all my reviews

Dan Duryea is one of the best actors out there, able to play the slimiest slime-ball and the staunchest of heroes. Here he does a little of both and you're never sure which side he's on. The movie starts as a Noir Crime Thriller, then becomes a 30's-style social drama, then switches back to noir and crime -- but it never loses its style, its verve and its pace. Constantly fun and involving, due to Duryea's movable morals -- and to Stanley Cortez's gorgeous black-and-white cinematography. Director/Writer Endfield does a fine job keeping things going, setting up interesting shots and corralling a cast that's great down to every tiny part. Bad Guy Howard Da Silva chews the scenery with relaxed gusto and is a joy to watch. Highly recommended.


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