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This is a very good drama that uses a fictionalized version of a true crime. Some scenes show Boulder Dam in Nevada, close to Las Vegas. Is this story a warning for those who get too ambitious? The story starts in the Police Gangster Squad where a new man is put in charge. Then we see a telephone repairman talking about his life. They talk about the cost of living (caused by rising prices and a devalued currency). A bookmaker waits in the washroom for business. He asks Mel Granger to join him for coffee, then offers him a job as an electronics expert for a news publisher of a wire service. A wire service is a legitimate business that sells information. Expanding this business can lead to greater profits (if the customers are buying). Vince Walters also runs a check cashing business too. The police are investigating "Liberty Finance" as a front for bookmaking.
The scene shifts to a race track, we see how signals are passed to an accomplice. An old man with a hearing aid asks about the odds on the races. Trudi is caught passing signals. The old man is caught with an unlicenced transmitter. This problem can be solved, but Mel wants a bigger cut. Small bookmakers are arrested but the wire service remains in operation. One bookmaker is deep in debt, so he cancels the lender. The police question Mel, one warns him to get out of this business. Mel takes over Walters' operation, and raises prices (no competition). The National Syndicate in Cleveland is looking at Mel's operation. Can they take it over? One employee in Miami cheated, they will take care of him. Can they expand in Los Angeles" Larry Mason meets Mel, who knows who he is and why he is there. At a meeting in Palm Springs they offer Mel protection and a share of the national business.Read more ›
Edmond is a worker for the phone company whos fed up with his small salary when hes told by a bookie hes got a million dollar know how and would be a great help to illegal gambling.Edmond joins a local bookie organization run by Barry Keely.Soon,Barry is killed by a member of the gang whos in to the mobster for a lot of money.
Needless to say,MR OBrien takes over and soon hits the top.
The local crime syndicate run by Otto Kruger(Murder,My Sweet,Cover Girl,)finds out about Edmonds great work and makes him a partner.
Edmond becomes an unfeeling hoodlum who will kill anybody who stands in his way.His only love is pretty Joanne Dru(Red River,Hell On Frisco Bay)
We are warned at the end of the film what happens when we make a(GASP)two dollar bet and the fate of bad boys like Edmond.
Great chase scene at the end of the film.
This film might be dated,but its still good..Dont Miss.