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711 Ocean Drive (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 July 1950 (USA)
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An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path.

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Joseph M. Newman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmond O'Brien ... Mal Granger
Joanne Dru ... Gail Mason
Otto Kruger ... Carl Stephans
Barry Kelley ... Vince Walters (as Barry Kelly)
Dorothy Patrick ... Trudy Maxwell
Don Porter ... Larry Mason (as Donald Porter)
Howard St. John ... Lt. Pete Wright
Robert Osterloh ... Gizzi
Sammy White Sammy White ... Chippie Evans
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Storyline

A telephone repairman in Los Angeles uses his knowledge of electronics to help a bookie set up a betting operation. When the bookie is murdered, the greedy technician takes over his business. He ruthlessly climbs his way to the top of the local crime syndicate, but then gangsters from a big East Coast mob show up wanting a piece of his action. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Exposé of the $8,000,000,000 gambling syndicate and its hoodlum empire! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Money See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title seems to refer to the beach house address which is never mentioned in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Granger shoves Gizzi into the water with his car, Gizzi cries out as he's falling over the pier. But, when the police describe how he died, they say he was crushed to death before he fell in the water, because, they say, he had no water in his lungs. Since he was yelling as he fell, he clearly was alive and breathing. See more »

Quotes

Chippie Evans: You've sure got the angles, Mal. If it was anybody but Vince he'd give you part of the take.
Mal Granger: He'll cut me in, Chippie. I've got him by the short hairs right now.
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Crazy Credits

The film ends with the following written statement: "The cooperation of the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation is gratefully acknowledged." See more »

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How the information highway leads straight to hell
4 September 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

The address of Edmond O'Brien's posh Malibu digs -- 711 Ocean Drive -- lends the title to this semidocumentary noir about bookmaking. Unfortunately the movie is bookended by sermons instructing viewers on their civic responsibilities: the two bucks you put on a horse go straight to graft and murder! In between, it's not bad. O'Brien, always better supporting than, as here, in the lead, is a money-grubbing telephone technician who brings his electronic expertise to the illegal-betting circuit. The profits his innovations generate oil his swift climb up the syndicate ladder; his ruthlessness greases his slide down. Along the way, the movie casually includes what may be the first Hollywood episode of severe wife-battering, perpetrated on Joanne Dru. At the end, O'Brien's grasping ambitions are dwarfed by the enormity of Boulder Dam, and viewers are left with a sense of his brief notoriety being but a single cog in a vast, unstoppable crime machine. It's a dated message in a time when, increasingly, gambling with the government's blessing has become the new civic responsibility.


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