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The Boss (1956)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 May 1957 (Sweden)
Political corruption is vividly depicted as a ruthless WWI veteran takes almost complete control of a state with the help of a crooked lawyer. The film is enhanced by John Payne's persuasive performance as "The Boss."

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... Matt Brady
... Bob Herrick
Gloria McGehee ... Lorry Reed (as Gloria McGhee)
... Elsie Reynolds
... Tim Brady
... Stanley Millard
... Ernie Jackson
Robin Morse ... Johnny Mazia
... Stitch (as Bill Phipps)
... Henry
... Tom Masterson
Bob Morgan ... Hamhead
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Political corruption is vividly depicted as a ruthless WWI veteran takes almost complete control of a state with the help of a crooked lawyer. The film is enhanced by John Payne's persuasive performance as "The Boss."

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"I'M THE BOSS" "I've Got My Finger In Every Vice Racket. The Police, Senate Investigators, Nobody Can Lay A Hand On Me. They Call Me A Public Enemy, But Someday I'm Going To Name My Own President." I'M THE BOSS See more »


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Surprisingly good
18 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was much better than the late-night potboiler I had expected. Payne was playing such a vile character that his performance seemed a bit forced at times, but I can see why he did this picture since the portrayal is a bit different from most of his roles He's up to the stretch, and should have done more dramatic work and fewer formulaic westerns & cop/investigator parts. More plots and subplots than we're used to in this period, and it all works. Dalton Trumbo's heavyhanded anticapitalism, thoroughly-corrupt-government motif is a bit much, but that was the popular theme amongst the leftie writers of the period, much as it is even today.


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