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System
     

The System

Director: Lewis Seiler,

Cast: Frank Lovejoy, Joan Weldon, Paul Picerni

 
The System was one of several "exposé" films inspired by the Kefauver crime committee. The title refers to the manner in which a major gambling syndicate can so insinuate itself in "respectable" business circles that it becomes virtually impossible for justice to prevail. Big-city syndicate head John Merrick (Frank Lovejoy) is targeted for investigation by a

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The System was one of several "exposé" films inspired by the Kefauver crime committee. The title refers to the manner in which a major gambling syndicate can so insinuate itself in "respectable" business circles that it becomes virtually impossible for justice to prevail. Big-city syndicate head John Merrick (Frank Lovejoy) is targeted for investigation by a crusading newspaper. The publisher (Fay Roope) uses this opportunity as a means to squelch his daughter's (Joan Weldon) romance with the unscrupulous Merrick. Called to testify before a crime commission, Merrick at first invokes the Fifth Amendment. But a series of crushing personal blows, coupled with the realization that his fellow hoods have left him to twist slowly in the wind, leads to an abrupt change of heart on the witness stand. The System boasts one of the most impressive supporting casts in any 1953 film, including virtually every actor who's ever played a thug or lowlife: Dan Seymour, Frank Richards, Vic Perrin, Henry Corden, Bruno VeSota, etc. etc. etc.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2010
UPC:
0883316276051
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
56,337

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Lovejoy John Merrick
Joan Weldon Felice Stuart
Paul Picerni David Wiley
Don Beddoe Jerry Allen
Frank Richards Charley
Jerome Cowan Brady
Dan Seymour Marty
Sarah Selby Liz Allen
Fay Roope Roger Stuart
Vic Perrin Little Harry
Henry Corden Specs
Howard Negley Sen. Ketteridge
Bruno Ve Sota Angelo
Richard Garrick Tasker
Harry Andrews Actor
Robert Arthur Rex Merrick
Alan Gordon Reuben

Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
John Beckman Art Director
Sam Bischoff Producer
David Buttolph Score Composer
Edwin DuPar Cinematographer
Joe Eisinger Screenwriter
Clarence Kolster Editor

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