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Portland Exposé (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 11 August 1957 (USA)
A tavern owner in mid-century Portland, Oregon finds the safety of himself and his family threatened when he becomes involved in a war between labor unions and a violent local crime syndicate.


Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster)


Jack DeWitt (original screenplay)




Cast overview:
Edward Binns ... George Madison
Carolyn Craig ... Ruth Madison
Virginia Gregg ... Clara Madison
Russ Conway ... Phil Jackman
Lawrence Dobkin ... Garnell (as Larry Dobkin)
Frank Gorshin ... Joe
Joseph Marr Joseph Marr ... Larry (as Joe Marr)
Rusty Lane ... Tom Carmody
Richard Bellis ... Jimmy Madison (as Dickie Bellis)
Lea Penman ... Annie Stoneway
Jeanne Carmen ... Iris


A tavern owner in Portland, Oregon gets involved in a struggle for power between two gangs attempting to control the unions. When his young daughter is attacked by one of the gangsters, he joins the faction fighting against the syndicate and gets important evidence via a tape recorder. He is discovered and he and his daughter are threatened but honest union men, come to his aid. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Closer to the TRUTH is more like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18 November 2009 | by gmdaSee all my reviews

I have not seen this film yet. So don't really know what it is about except what is on the site. However, Portland Oregon was a veritable "Den of Iniquity" back in the old days. "Shanghai-ing" I believe got its NAME from Portland, as unsuspecting men were lead to trap-doors and then "way-layed" only to wake up on a ship to ....guess where??? There was a lady mobster who ran the booze industry for years and even when "caught up with in the end".... SHE WALKED!!!! There was a whole literal UNDERGROUND CITY under Portland, and it has been shown on Cities of the Underworld. There were brothels, and white slavery, prostitution, and other vices,....opium dens. Portland has a small "China Town". There was underground fighting, yes.... a Fight Club! IT's ALL TRUE!!!

Maybe not the movie exactly, but in real life....close enough!!!

I ought to know. I live 55 miles south in Salem, Oregon. So this movie is probably close to the truth as to the type of people and things going on up in that wild town to the north! Edit: Just wanted to add that I look forward to seeing this movie soon.

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11 August 1957 (USA) See more »

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Terror in Portland City See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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