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The Sellout (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 June 1952 (Australia)
During the 1950s, a small-town newspaper editor and a state assistant attorney-general fight corrupt local officials from one rotten county.

Director:

Gerald Mayer

Writers:

Charles Palmer (screenplay), Matthew Rapf (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Haven D. Allridge
John Hodiak ... Chick Johnson
Audrey Totter ... Cleo Bethel
Paula Raymond ... Peggy Stauton
Thomas Gomez ... Kellwin C. Burke
Cameron Mitchell ... Randy Stauton
Karl Malden ... Capt. Buck Maxwell
Everett Sloane ... Nelson S. Tarsson
Jonathan Cott ... Ned Grayton
Frank Cady ... Bennie Amboy
Hugh Sanders ... Judge Neeler
Griff Barnett ... J.R. Morrison
Burt Mustin ... Elk M. Ludens
Whit Bissell ... Wilfred Jackson
Roy Engel ... Sam F. Slaper
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Storyline

Haven D. Allridge is the editor-in-chief of the News-Intelligencer newspaper in St. Howard, a town where he and his family have lived all their lives. Peggy, Randy and Marcia Staunton - Haven's married daughter, her husband, and their child - now live about thirty miles away in Bridgewood County, which is adjacent to the St. Howard town limits. Randy is the county prosecutor. Haven learns first hand the corruption of the county sheriff, K.C. Burke, and his associates when, in an innocent enough move in picking up an acquaintance, Wilfred Jackson, at a bus stop located within the county and lightly bumping but not damaging a county sign with his car in the process, Haven and Wilfred are hauled into jail, where they spend the night before appearing before the county judge the next morning. Beaten up by prisoners with who they shared the cell, Wilfred, who has no money and pleads not guilty to the charge of soliciting rides on the highway, is held at a labor camp for trial in thirty days... Written by Huggo

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How much does it take for a Woman to Sellout her Man?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1952 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

County Line See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$596,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$434,000, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$645,000, 31 December 1952
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $227,000 ($2.2M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Chick Johnson: In the Mute Parade of these frightened citizens. Weak men and Strong men who have become weak and Big Men who have become Little. All frightened. Their very silence testifies to that more strongly than shouted words... Their first protection was the law. Out of the domination of brutal and ruthless men, the law was turned against them. There is another protection: Public Opinion. Public Opinion finds its voice in the Press. The Free Press. Here, a courageous editor brought his newspaper to the ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits all appear on newspapers which have just been dumped from a truck and are ready for delivery. The title appears as if it were a newspaper headline. See more »

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Referenced in Crime Wave (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Do Wrong Doing Right
(uncredited)
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Performed by Ruth Martin
[Sung by the character Cleo Bethel portrayed by Audrey Totter]
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No Stool Pidgeon
1 October 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Idealistic and respected newspaper editor Walter Pidgeon (as Haven D. Allridge) is accosted by corrupt sheriff Thomas Gomez (as Kellwin "Casey" Burke) in a nearby town and treated poorly in jail. Vowing to "skin this tin badge off that sloppy shirt of yours if it's the last thing I do," Mr. Pidgeon wants his newspaper to help blast the nasty Sheriff out of office. Then, suddenly, he becomes "The Sellout" and stops his exposé. Following a likely murder, state attorney John Hodiak (as Charles "Chick" Johnson) and detective Karl Malden (as Buck Maxwell) attempt to prosecute the case, but find Pidgeon uncooperative. The transition of leading men is awkward, but this is an engaging little drama, with a nice supporting cast.

****** The Sellout (5/30/52) Gerald Mayer ~ John Hodiak, Walter Pidgeon, Karl Malden, Thomas Gomez


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