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« : June 12, 2017, 11:53:57 AM »

The Miami Story (1954): 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. 6+/10

Download it here: http://rarelust.com/the-miami-story-1954/


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« #1 : June 12, 2017, 01:06:56 PM »

Thanks, that's been on my list for a long time. Just checked and it is now also on youtube. :)

Edit: Just watched it. You're right, it's mediocre.

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« #2 : December 19, 2017, 08:23:31 PM »

I'm interested in this movie because of it being filmed in Miami during that time period. That alone should make this a must have movie in your film collection...

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« #3 : March 26, 2020, 04:03:46 PM »

If you can overlook the goofy premise and plot, along with the bad narration, this is entertaining with enough location shots of early 50s Miami to keep things fresh over its 75 minute runtime. The pacing is on point and Barry Sullivan is pretty good if you like Barry Sullivan. I don't know if I'll ever revisit this, but it's not a bad entry in the Noir Archive Vol 1 bluray set. C

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« #4 : March 26, 2020, 04:54:39 PM »

If you can overlook the goofy premise and plot
Without doing so, though, you couldn't enjoy a lot of films, including the similar (but superior) Razzia sur la Chnouf (1955). 



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« #5 : March 27, 2020, 09:27:01 AM »

Without doing so, though, you couldn't enjoy a lot of films, including the similar (but superior) Razzia sur la Chnouf (1955).
I've wanted to watch that for years but can't find anything with English subtitles.



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« #6 : March 27, 2020, 03:43:20 PM »

I've wanted to watch that for years but can't find anything with English subtitles.
https://www.amazon.com/Razzia-Chnouf-Blu-ray-Jean-Gabin/dp/B07SLGWPJZ/ref=sr_1_2?



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« #7 : March 27, 2020, 05:07:42 PM »

I like Barry Sullivan so I'll check it out


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