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Miami Exposé (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1956 (USA)
Miami cop Bart Scott tracks down, in Cuba, a fugitive witness who can shed light in a double homicide and about the activities of a Miami mob lawyer who uses murder and blackmail in order to force the legalization of gambling in Florida.

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writer:

Robert E. Kent (story and screen play) (as James B. Gordon)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee J. Cobb ... Lt. Barton 'Bart' Scott
Patricia Medina ... Lila Hodges
Edward Arnold ... Oliver Tubbs
Michael Granger Michael Granger ... Louis Ascot
Eleanore Tanin Eleanore Tanin ... Ann Easton
Alan Napier ... Raymond Sheridan
Harry Lauter ... Det. Tim Grogan
Chris Alcaide ... Morrie Pell
Hugh Sanders ... Chief Charles Landon
Barry L. Connors Barry L. Connors ... Stevie Easton
Douglas Kennedy ... Dan McCracken
Carleton Young ... Carruthers
Stuart Randall ... 'Lucky' Gato
Marvin Press Marvin Press ... 'Cookie'
Randy Christmas Randy Christmas ... Mayor of Miami
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Storyline

Miami police lieutenant Bart Scott (Lee J. Cobb)follows sultry Lila Hedges (Patricia Medina)to Havana, Cuba to obtain information about a double murder in Miami, learns that vice-operator Raymond Sheridan (Alan Napier)and lobbyist Oliver Tubbs (Edward Arnold) are scheming to introduce legalized gambling to Florida. In Miami again, Scott thwarts the efforts of Sheridan's hired killers to silence Lila. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shakedown on Biscayne Bay See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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French censorship visa # 19134. See more »

Goofs

When driving around Havana in the 1956 Buick, the color stays the same but the model changes. The more expensive model has four of Buick's signature fake exhaust ports, while the cheaper model has three. These are used alternately. See more »

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A dandy crime film.
29 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

For me, "Miami Exposé" is a slam-dunk recommendation. Not only is it a good crime film, it features some supporting actors I really enjoy--Edward Arnold (in his last film), Alan Napier and Lee J. Cobb.

The film begins on a seemingly ordinary Sunday. Lt. Scott (Cobb) finishes his shift and heads home while his friend stays to mind the office. A call comes in to the police that someone witnessed a stabbing. This old friend of Scott investigates...and ends up dead! Scott's time off is soon disrupted by a call telling him what's occurred and he vows to get those responsible.

So what's going on--why the double murder? Well, it turns out that this is somehow related to an underworld scheme to legalize gambling in Florida and 'Mr. Big' turns out to be a guy you'd never expect to play such a ruthless role--Alan Napier. Napier is the dignified British actor who played Alfred the Butler on the old "Batman" show--a fine and distinguished guy. Here, however, his British accent has disappeared and he's downright evil--and I really, really liked seeing this casting. Additionally, his toady (Arnold) was fine--especially in the final scene. All in all, this is a tough and enjoyable film. Not among the greats of the genre but well worth your time and quite well written and acted.


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