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The Boss (1956)

Approved | | 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."

Director:

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 ... 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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Approximately two minutes after the start of the film, the scene showing the parade of the returning soldiers has several anachronisms: standing with their backs to the camera, there is a line of about a dozen middle-aged or older women, whose knee-length hemlines and style of high heeled shoes wouldn't exist until the 1920s; to the left of the scene, hugging the shaft of a lamp-post, is a young boy wearing a short-sleeved shirt with a tropical-flower pattern, which boys of the First World War period would never have worn; in the center of the background behind the parading soldiers is a car whose windshield and roof style are typical of cars from the 1930s, but which would never have been seen on a pre-1920 automobile. See more »

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One tough cookie exiled by time
26 April 2006 | by danielj_old999See all my reviews

In trying to jumpstart itself, this movie is somewhat heavy handed at the beginning, taking one notably big and questionable dramatic risk, but gains power slowly and turns into something of a monumental mini-epic with John Payne's changes of hair coloring registering his slow and merciless journey toward a godless end...what a performance, but it's not as good as Gloria McGehee's as the unwanted wife Lorry - which is about as good as you'll ever see from an actress on screen, period. Also great is Robin Morse as Johnny the Organization Man, a wonderful low key performance...where has this movie been all our lives? It's powerful, at times difficult to watch, brutal, and worth the ride.


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