This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Sunday 26 September 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and in Los Angeles Monday 17 July 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »
Big Bill Anderson:
...politician has one weak spot. Load your gun with votes and shoot him through the ballot box. You leave things to me. When I get through with this half-baked hamlet, it'll be a live city.
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Gangster Morgan Wallace gets kicked out of town, so it's on to the next. Chief of Police J. Farrell MacDonald has him dragged into DA Charles Trowbridge's office. Morgan's not worried. He quotes the bill of rights to them and walks out the door. As the months go by, his gang's depredations become worse and the local paper bears down on the DA, with letters from a pseudonymous "Junius" making claims that will force the administration out, leaving the town prostrate.
It's a decently written, shot and acted B movie, but it's at its worst when it's most serious. For the first twenty minutes of this one-hour Monogram picture, there's discussion of the Bill of Rights, claiming it's outdated and useless in the face of the modern gangster, a claim that sets my teeth on edge. Others may not find this so upsetting.
There are a few serious plot threads left hanging at the end of the movie. Presumably they will all be sorted out satisfactorily later.
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