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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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"I'M THE BOSS" "I've Got My Finger In Every Vice Racket. The Police, Senate Investigators, Nobody Can Lay A Hand On Me. They Call Me A Public Enemy, But Someday I'm Going To Name My Own President." I'M THE BOSS See more »


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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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The wire-rimmed glasses worn early in the film by Joe Flynn are of a style not introduced until the 1930s. See more »

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Borderline noir a Kane-ish study of a big-city boss
27 December 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

The Boss, filmed from a script by the blacklisted and hence uncredited Dalton Trumbo, starts in 1919 and ends somewhere in the Great Depression. It's about the corruption of a municipal machine that focuses on demobbed doughboy John Payne who, when his older brother dies, inherits his political clout.

On the night of his return he godrunk and married a stranger he comes to scorn (Gloria McGhee, whomakes you yearn for more of her). His only unwavering loyalty lies withan old wartime buddy (William Bishop), who has married the girl Payne loved. So all his passion goes into strengthening his hold over the city, including forging an unholy alliance with the (unnamed) Mafia.

Despite a precisely staged shootout in the train depot (did Brian De Palma borrow from this as well as from The Battleship Potemkin, for The Untouchables?), The Boss is really a somewhat Kane-ish look at the rise and fall of a lone wolf; Payne's tough yet touching performance lends an almost tragic tinge. The result is an involving period piece that dwells on the late fringes of film noir.

(One topical note: the men's costumes were by Dick Cheney.)


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