The Sellout (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sellout (1951)

The Sellout (1951)

The Sellout




Want to See

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Sellout Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

Gerald Mayer proved once more that he had talent above and beyond being the nephew of MGM-head Louis B. Mayer with his direction of The Sellout. The story begins with a bang, as big-city newspaper editor Haven Allridge (Walter Pidgeon) falls victim to the small-town tyranny of corrupt sheriff Kellwin C. Burke (Thomas Gomez). Poised to launch an investigation of Burke's underhanded activities, Allridge is suddenly intimidated into silence. Crusading state's attorney Chick Johnson (John Hodiak) discovers that Burke is keeping Allridge quiet by threatening to reveal the criminal activities of Allridge's son-in-law Randy Stanton (Cameron Mitchell). The final reels illustrate the thesis of Edmund Burke that evil will triumph so long as good men do nothing -- except that this time, they do something. Though hardly a big-budget effort, The Sellout boasts an unusually strong cast, including the aforementioned actors, as well as Karl Malden and Everett Sloane.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Palmer


Walter Pidgeon
as Haven D. Allridge
John Hodiak
as Chick Johnson
Audrey Totter
as Cleo Bethel
Paula Raymond
as Peggy Stauton
Thomas Gomez
as Sheriff Kellwin C. B...
Cameron Mitchell
as Randy Stauton
Karl Malden
as Buck Maxwell
Everett Sloane
as Nelson S. Tarsson
Jonathan Cott
as Ned Grayton
Frank Cady
as Bennie Amboy
Hugh Sanders
as Judge Neeler
Griff Barnett
as J.R. Morrisson
Burt Mustin
as Elk M. Ludens
Whit Bissell
as Wilfred Jackson
Roy Engel
as Sam F. Slaper
Jeff Richards
as Truck Driver
Vernon Rich
as Court Clerk
Cy Stephens
as Court Stenographer
Frankie Darro
as Little Jake
Ann Tyrrell
as Jennie Nova
Benny Rubin
as Smoke Shop Proprieto...
Robert B. Williams
as Barney the Taxi Driv...
Jack Sherman
as Bartender
John Dierkes
as Big Jake
Roy Butler
as Prisoner
Cliff Clark
as Police Chief
Mabel Smaney
as Fat Woman
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Sellout

Critic Reviews for The Sellout

All Critics (1)

Its tale of corruption and intimidation by the law enforcers is old news.

Full Review… | February 9, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Sellout

There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about The Sellout!

The Sellout Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Sellout on our Movie forum!