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Portland Exposé (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 11 August 1957 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster)

Writer:

Jack DeWitt (original screenplay)
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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
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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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Not since 'PHENIX CITY STORY" has any film hit so hard...Now, SEE a vicious empire of VICE and CORRUPTION blasted before your eyes! The year's biggest film scoop! See more »


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1957 (USA) See more »

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Terror in Portland City See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Hard-as-nails little low-budget noir
3 February 2008 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is a tough look at the difference between unions and criminally controlled protection. Portland is a peculiar setting for a film noir. It works well, though: The opening narrative begins like a travelogue and gradually shifts into comments on the city's corruption.

The cast is excellent. It's not always the most beautiful looking group. The ingénue, who is pretty, wears her hair slicked back with what looks like Brylcreme. Virginia Gregg, the notable radio actress playing her mother, looks a little old for the role and tired.

It's a twisted movie, though. Catch this: Frank Gorshin, of all people, plays a hit man who is also a pedophile! That's a new one on me -- though child molestation does figure in that great classic of weirdness, film noir, and beauty "The Naked Kiss" a few years later.

The bit players add a lot. There's a scene, just a throwaway, in which a blonde playing a slot machine yells "Jackpot!" and goes into paroxysms of glee as the camera moves away and dumps her.

And the portly older gal imported to Portland to oversee the b-girl business is fabulous. We meet her as she gets off a plane and totters along in her high heels, fur stole wrapped defiantly around her. Her description of her "girls" is priceless: It prefigures the introduction Melanie Griffith provides herself in "Body Double" decades later.

Make no mistake: This is a serious movie. It was obviously done on the cheap. But it's done with great style.


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