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When Miami, Florida became national headquarters for a ten billion dollar crime syndicate ruled by crime-czar Tomy Brill (Luther Adler), whose chief henchman is Ted Delacorte (John Baer), a citizen's committee enlists the aid of a reformed gangster Mick Flakk (Barry Sullivan), a widower with a ten-year-old son, pretends to move in on Brill's rackets. Brill's henchmen beat up a woman,Holly Abbott (Beverly Garland), whom Flagg has befriended to get the dope on Flagg's plans, he orders the police to raid the syndicate's gambling-club. Brill counters by having Flagg's son, Gil Flagg (David Kasday), kidnapped.Written by
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The Miami Story is a fast moving no frills noir story about organized crime in Miami and Dade County. The supposition is that the explosive post World War II growth of the area led to a rise in organized crime and the police force did not grow with the population as well.
Which calls for some drastic measures and a citizen's committee similar to the one that aided in the takedown of Al Capone in Chicago is formed here. Their reluctant operator is former gangster Barry Sullivan who says he's fronting for a Cuban syndicate. It's all one giant con game on the local Miami kingpin Luther Adler.
Adler plays and plays well a lot of criminal types on the screen. He's a smart operator and won't be easy to fool. He also has as his number one trigger man John Baer who really loves his work.
Beverly Garland and Adele Jergens play a pair of sisters, Garland is an entertainer and falls for Sullivan. Jergens is part of Adler's team and I think this might have been her career role. She's a tough cookie in charge of the vice and prostitution part of Adler's criminal empire. I think she was the best in the film.
US Senator George Smathers introduced the film. I suspect that Smathers was looking for a little of Kefauver type publicity to attach itself to him. He was half way through his first term in the Senate and there was sure no downside to him being part of the promotion of The Miami Story.
Smathers is long gone but the film holds up well for today's audience.
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