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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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Byron Haskin

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo, Ben Perry (front for Dalton Trumbo)
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Payne ... Matt Brady
William Bishop ... Bob Herrick
Gloria McGehee Gloria McGehee ... Lorry Reed (as Gloria McGhee)
Doe Avedon ... Elsie Reynolds
Roy Roberts ... Tim Brady
Rhys Williams ... Stanley Millard
Joe Flynn ... Ernie Jackson
Robin Morse Robin Morse ... Johnny Mazia
William Phipps ... Stitch (as Bill Phipps)
Gil Lamb ... Henry
George Lynn ... Tom Masterson
Bob Morgan 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Boss See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The wire-rimmed glasses worn early in the film by Joe Flynn are of a style not introduced until the 1930s. See more »

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22 June 2012 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

On returning home from fighting the first world war, Matt Brady (John Payne) reunites with his brother Tim (Roy Roberts) after leading a well staged parade of soldiers down the main street of his home town. As the day unfolds, so does the true character that John Payne memorably plays, a combination of ruthlessness and loyalty. Inheriting a crooked political machine with tentacles that extend statewide and eventually as far as Washington, from brother Tim, who dies of a heart attack when Payne refuses to divorce Lorry Reed (Gloria McGehee), whom he met in the closing hours of a rundown bar on the same night or early the next morning of the day of the parade, the story carries Payne's character to the heights of behind-the-scenes political influence gained through widespread corruption which represents business as usual. Forced into dealing with the mob because of losses incurred in the 1929 stock market crash, Payne's character forms an alliance with Johnny Mazia (Robin Morse), a character he had earlier kicked out of his political machine but who has now become a crime boss. Morse's character is classic, his scenes with Payne are tense. Payne's rise to the top is accompanied by his ostracism from the city's social elites who blackball him from their country club. It's a tough performance, shot in the darker hues of black, white and grey by stellar cinematographer Hal Mohr.


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