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The Miami Story (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 May 1954 (USA)
Fed up with the raising crime in Miami, the police chief and the leading members of the city council hire a former Miami gangster, gone straight, to help eliminate the biggest crime syndicate in the city.


Fred F. Sears


Robert E. Kent (story), Robert E. Kent (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Barry Sullivan ... Mick Flagg aka Mike Pierce
Luther Adler ... Tony Brill
John Baer ... Ted Delacorte
Adele Jergens ... Gwen Abbott
Beverly Garland ... Holly Abbott
Dan Riss ... Frank Alton
Damian O'Flynn ... Police Chief Martin Belman
Chris Alcaide ... Robert Bishop
Gene Darcy Gene Darcy ... Johnny Loker
George E. Stone ... Louie Mott


When Miami, Florida became national headquarters for a ten billion dollar crime syndicate ruled by crime-czar Tomy Brill (Luther Adler), whose chief henchman is Ted Delacorte (John Baer), a citizen's committee enlists the aid of a reformed gangster Mick Flakk (Barry Sullivan), a widower with a ten-year-old son, pretends to move in on Brill's rackets. Brill's henchmen beat up a woman,Holly Abbott (Beverly Garland), whom Flagg has befriended to get the dope on Flagg's plans, he orders the police to raid the syndicate's gambling-club. Brill counters by having Flagg's son, Gil Flagg (David Kasday), kidnapped. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Filmed the way it happened...when it happened! Under gun protection by the Miami Police! The murder syndicate, the vice rings, the fixed race, the shakedown, the paid guns - all that made America's winter playground the world's capitol of crime. Till Miami blasted back and shoved the underworld into the sea - lock, stock and B-girl! The screen now dares to bring you the brutality, the excitement, the truth about the terrifying struggle between the law and the lawless that raged in the streets of Miami! See more »


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Release Date:

3 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ausgeräuchert See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nothing new under the sun, but enjoyable enough
12 June 2017 | by XhcnoirXSee all my reviews

Luther Adler heads a crime syndicate that's running Miami, with a fancy lawyer making sure he's untouchable, and a coldblooded John Baer to do his dirty jobs for him. The latest one is the assassination of 2 Cubans as they exit an airplane, in front of a crowd. Frustrated and fearing things will go from bad to worse now, local businessmen hire an ex-gangster from Chicago, Barry Sullivan, to try and get enough on Adler to get him in front of a grand jury. Adler framed Sullivan years before, so Sullivan accepts, and enlists the help of Cuban cops to pretend he's part of a Cuban crime ring moving in on Adler's turf. He also meets a woman who flew to Miami with the 2 deceased Cubans, Bevery Garland, who has an unsuspected connection to Adler's squeeze, Adele Jergens.

One of countless docu-noirs exposing every sort of crime ring in every major US city, this one even has a Florida senator chime in at the start, as well as the mandatory authoritative narration. Made on a low budget, it's pretty standard fare, but still manages to entertain. Sullivan ('The Gangster') is great as the former gangster who's still cold and callous when necessary, and Adler ('D.O.A.') played villains for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jergens ('Armored Car Robbery') and Garland ('New Orleans Uncensored') play opposite roles, and esp Jergens is great as a bitter femme fatale just past her prime.

The directing by Fred F. Sears and cinematography by Harry Freulich is competent and occasionally inspired (there's a great shot of Garland when Sullivan first meets her inside his hotel room). They worked together on a number of movies, including other city/crime exposés like'Chicago Syndicate' and 'Inside Detroit'. Sears would even return to Miami a few years later for 'Miami Exposé'. All in all, while there's nothing under the sun here, and there are no real surprises (maybe that it's slightly more graphic than usual), it's a fast-paced and enjoyable movie if yer into this subgenre/corner of film noir.

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