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The Boss (1956)

John Payne , William Bishop , Byron Haskin  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Payne, William Bishop, Gloria McGhee, Doe Avedon
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Story And Screenplay By Ben L. Perry
  • Producers: Walter Seltzer, Frank N. Seltzer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052SO0Q0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Political corruption is vividly depicted as a ruthless WWI veteran takes almost complete control of a state with the help of a crooked lawyer. The film is enhanced by John Payne's persuasive performance as "The Boss."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Politics and crime meet at the beginning middle and end November 12, 2012
A good depiction of how one mans politics and crime connections worked together to build the system and neighborhoods we live under, and how prosparity was based on your race, color and political association. This was evident in every city across the country powerful Irish, Italian or Jewish gangs worked their influence through fear, violence and money to control people in the community to vote for their candidates. These gangs had the power to control jobs, business's and the police to the point where they would eventually select a Presidents. Powerful acting and story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Boss was very good November 30, 2013
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I thought the storyline good and actor John Payne was excellent as the boss as was William Bishop as the dodgy lawyer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the boss is back April 3, 2013
John Payne is Matt, one of the Brady Brothers, modern day outlaws who make up the rules as they go along. WW I veteran Matt inherits his older brother's political machine in the 1920s and gradually becomes even more sinister and ruthless.
His flaws are fatal. When he does not get the woman he loves, he drunkenly marries another on the fly, dooming both to a hell on earth. He would cut a deal with the devil if possible but instead settles for corrupt politicians, cops, and mafia types, all of which eventually turn on him.
A morality tale of how "eventually everybody does business with everybody."
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Very well known for his musical talents, Payne sought to play this dramatic character role. His demise is traced step-by-step. A good stellar performance, I prefer Payne in A-noirs like 99 RIVER STREET directed by Phil Karlson. He is not especially convincing as a small-town political boss who deserves his comeuppane.
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I checked out the cover, it looked great,popped it in, it worked, what more can I ask for. I'm not picky, I just want to watch a non-scratched real dvd.
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