Portland Expose (1957)





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Virtually every major city in the 1950s harbored some sort of political corruption or other, providing plenty of material for the "exposé" school of filmmaking. Portland Expose is a fact-based account of skullduggery in the Oregon metropolis. Inspired by revelations made during the Senate's McClellan Committee hearings, the story concentrates on an honest tavern owner named George Madison (Edward Binns) who is involuntarily sucked into the city's rotten-to-the-core political machine. When Madison refuses to allow his establishment to serve as the gathering place for hoods and delinquents, the powers-that-be threaten to harm his family. Only after his daughter is attacked by a syndicate flunkey does Madison decide to fight back. At great personal risk, he manages to tape-record damning evidence against Portland's "untouchable" criminal kingpin (Russ Conway). The supporting cast includes such radio and TV "regulars" as Virginia Gregg, Larry Dobkin, Frank Gorshin and Joe Flynn.
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Edward Binns
as George Madison
Carolyn Craig
as Ruth Madison
Russ Conway
as Phil Jackman (uncredited)
Virginia Gregg
as Clara Madison
Joseph Marr
as Larry
Rusty Lane
as Tom Carmody
Dickie Bellis
as Jimmy Madison
Lea Penman
as Mrs. Stoneway
Larry Thor
as Capt. Vincent
Francis De Sales
as Alfred Grey
Kort Falkenberg
as Speed Bromley
Joe Flynn
as Ted Carl
Jon Mikl Thor
as Capt. Vincent
Joe Flynn
as Ted Carl
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This is from the forgotten film noir collection, What that means I'm not sure, maybe movies very few people will watch then (1957) or now. Either way its a pretty good old black and white movie about the mob moving into Portland, OR in the fifties and putting the squeeze on taverns and their pin ball machines. You heard me right collecting 50 - 50 off of the take on pin ball machines/ And this was before pinball machines had flippers and only cost a dime. only one I recognized in the movie was Frank Goshin who used to play the riddler on the Batman series. Still it was enjoyable for a Black & White and was the 1st part in a double feature, second film to be reviewed later. This one 3 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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A local noir! I saw this on the library shelf and had to give it a shot. You don't really get to see a lot of Portland, but there were a couple of familiar sights. It's about a tavern owner being squeezed by the local mob, who also traffic in gambling, prostitution, and taking over the local unions. Your standard "infiltrating the organization" noir, a la Loan Shark and the like. There's not a whole lot of finesse to this cheapie flick, the performances are pretty flat and the dialogue is nothing special, but it's got an intriguing layer of sleaze over it, including Frank "The Riddler" Gorshin as a creepy, leering pedo. There's a couple of other interesting touches (the acid, throwing Gorshin under a train) but mostly it's rather formulaic and forgettable.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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