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The Underworld Story

The Underworld Story
Movie: The Underworld Story(1950)[tt0043088] 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 byRod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
Title The Underworld Story
Release Date 26 July 1950 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Production Companies FilmCraft Productions
Dan Duryea
Dan Duryea...
Mike Reese...
Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall...
E.J. Stanton...
Gale Storm
Gale Storm...
Cathy Harris...
Howard Da Silva
Howard Da Silva...
Carl Durham (as ...
Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea...
Ralph Munsey...
Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson...
Molly Rankin...
Melville Cooper
Melville Cooper...
Major Redford...
Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort...
Mrs. Eldridge...
Art Baker
Art Baker...
Lt. Tilton...
Harry Shannon
Harry Shannon...
George Parker...
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr....
Shaeffer...
Stephen Dunne
Stephen Dunne...
Chuck Lee...
Roland Winters
Roland Winters...
Stanley Becker...
Sue England
Sue England...
Helen...

Reviews

grimmfo on 30 April 2003
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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