Double-crossing. Blacklisting. Incest. Framing. Racism. Vigilantism. Selling out. Shifting loyalties. Corporate and criminal enterprises cooperating. Filicide.
THE UNDERWORLD STORY (1950) has it all. A weaselly reporter, Dan Duryea (is it redundant to call Duryea "weaselly"?), is blacklisted from the Big City newspapers after reporting a mob turncoat will testify, thereby resulting in the mobster's assassination and ruining an investigation. Duryea slimes his way into becoming editor of a nearby community newspaper owned by Gale Storm. A Big City newspaper owner's daughter-in-law is murdered in that community (where the Big City rich folk live) by her sleazy husband, who privately confesses to his father, Herbert Marshall, who's had a yen for his daughter-in-law. The maid, a Negro, is framed. Duryea, for money and power, uses the newspaper to convict her in the press and to raise funds for her defense. Always in the background anxious to assist Marshall and his son in staying above the scandal, is the head of the Mob, Howard Da Silva.
This gem was directed by the later-to-be blacklisted Cy Endfield in the same year as his TRY AND GET ME. Da Silva and Ned Glass (uncredited appearance) also were later blacklisted.
And Stanley Cortez's cinematography is reason enough to watch.
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