The Sellout

Overview

Gerald Mayer proved once more that he had talent above and beyond being the nephew of MGM-head Louis B. Mayer with his direction of The Sellout. The story begins with a bang, as big-city newspaper editor Haven Allridge Walter Pidgeon falls victim to the small-town tyranny of corrupt sheriff Kellwin C. Burke Thomas Gomez. Poised to launch an investigation of Burke's underhanded activities, Allridge is suddenly intimidated into silence. Crusading state's attorney Chick Johnson John Hodiak discovers that Burke is ...
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Overview

Gerald Mayer proved once more that he had talent above and beyond being the nephew of MGM-head Louis B. Mayer with his direction of The Sellout. The story begins with a bang, as big-city newspaper editor Haven Allridge Walter Pidgeon falls victim to the small-town tyranny of corrupt sheriff Kellwin C. Burke Thomas Gomez. Poised to launch an investigation of Burke's underhanded activities, Allridge is suddenly intimidated into silence. Crusading state's attorney Chick Johnson John Hodiak discovers that Burke is keeping Allridge quiet by threatening to reveal the criminal activities of Allridge's son-in-law Randy Stanton Cameron Mitchell. The final reels illustrate the thesis of Edmund Burke that evil will triumph so long as good men do nothing -- except that this time, they do something. Though hardly a big-budget effort, The Sellout boasts an unusually strong cast, including the aforementioned actors, as well as Karl Malden and Everett Sloane.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Sellout is a middling crime drama, enlivened by its cast and by some sturdy direction from Gerald Mayer. What keeps Sellout from being a better film is, of course, its screenplay. Charles Palmer's adaptation of Matthew Rapf's story is unfortunately short on imagination and originality. Films from this genre, of course, often travel familiar territory on the surface, but the better films find ways of keeping the journey fresh and exciting. Palmer is content to go through the motions, without giving the script the spark of distinction it so desperately needs. Fortunately, Mayer doesn't let this stop him from trying to inject a little juice into the proceedings; it's all superficial, but his effort is appreciated and it does have a pay-off. Walter Pidgeon does just about as good a job as anyone could do under the circumstances, and John Hodiak is surprisingly effective as well. Audrey Totter is wasted but still worth having on hand, and Thomas Gomez and Everett Sloane even manage to find some interesting ways to play their not-otherwise distinguished roles. There's enough talent to make Sellout worth watching, but it's not a classic by any means.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • UPC: 883316270691
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,022

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Pidgeon Haven D. Allridge
John Hodiak Chick Johnson
Paula Raymond Peggy Stauton
Audrey Totter Cleo Bethel
Thomas Gomez Sheriff Kellwin C. Burke
Cameron Mitchell Randy Stauton
Karl Malden Buck Maxwell
Everett Sloane Nelson S. Tarsson
Jonathan Cott Ned Grayton
Frank Cady Bennie Amboy
Hugh Sanders Judge Neeler
Griff Barnett J.R. Morrisson
Burt Mustin Elk M. Ludens
Whit Bissell Wilfred Jackson
Roy Engel Sam F. Slaper
Jeff Richards Truck Driver
Vernon Rich Court Clerk
Roy Butler Prisoner
Cliff Clark Police Chief
Frankie Darro Little Jake
John Dierkes Big Jake
Benny Rubin Smoke Shop Proprietor
Jack Sherman Bartender
Mabel Smaney Fat Woman
Bob Stevenson Bailiff
Ann Tyrrell Jennie Nova
Robert B. Williams Barney the Taxi Driver
Technical Credits
Gerald Mayer Director
David Buttolph Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Nicholas Nayfack Producer
Charles Palmer Screenwriter
Matthew Rapf Original Story
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
George White Editor
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