The Underworld Story

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This independently produced melodrama concerns a corrupt newspaperman who is in the pocket of a gangster. When he's fired by a big-city paper, the newsman buys an interest in a small-town weekly. It is while thus occupied that the man reforms, devoting himself to clearing a black woman falsely accused of murder.

Cast

Dan Duryea
as Mike Reese
Herbert Marshall
as E.J. Stanton
Gale Storm
as Cathy Harris
Howard Da Silva
as Carl Durham
Michael O'Shea
as Ralph Munsey
Mary Anderson
as Molly Rankin
Gar Moore
as Clark Stanton
Frieda Inescort
as Mrs. Eldridge
Alan Hale Jr.
as Schaeffer
Art Baker
as Lt. Tilton
Harry Shannon
as George R. 'Parkie' Parker
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  • Jan 31, 2020
    The precursor to Billy Wilder's "The Big Carnival" (aka "Ace In The Hole") about the newspaper business betraying the public trust by feeding into its lower instincts. Wilder's film is the better of the two, but director Cy Endfield delivers what should have been a headline grabbing crime picture. Unfortunately, this film is not well known. Endfield's protagonist in "The Underground Story," is a deeply flawed reporter who cavorts with underground figures for his own personal gain. When a former employer, a powerful newspaper magnet, tries to hide a murder committed by his son and instead blame the crime on an African-American housekeeper Endfield's protagonist faces the moral and ethical dilemma of his life. The film's flaws are mainly in the casting. I don't buy Dan Duryea's performance in the lead role. Unlike Kirk Douglas in "The Big Carnival," Duryea is unable to transcend the material and give more weight to the character's journey. Even worse, for me, is the casting of Mary Anderson as the African-American character. Anderson is an excellent actor. You may remember her as the nurse in Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat." But, Anderson is white. That's a problem. Although, clearly in 1950 this type of casting barely raised a whisper of an ejection, if at all. Nonetheless, this is Endfield's first of his powerful one-two punch against the news business. His "The Sound of Fury" released later in the same year, 1950, is the better of the two pictures, but both are worthy films of your time.
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