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The big boss
Barton, Charles, 1902-1981.
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Columbia Pictures : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 69 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
"Two brothers, separated after the death of their sheriff father, choose to grow up on different sides of the law. Bob Dugan enforces the law first as a state senator, then as a governor, but loses track of his brother Frank after his disappearance into a life of crime. As Dugan moves up the political ladder, he is befriended by Jim Maloney, a wealthy and powerful influence peddler who takes an interest in him, despite the fact that Bob is dedicated to his father's code of upholding the law and not Maloney's web of graft and bribes. But there's more Maloney than what appears, and Maloney's past could destroy Bob's future." -- Container.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1941.
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The Big Boss is Jim Maloney (Otto Kruger), who pulls all the political strings in an unnamed major metropolis. Maloney's chief antagonist is scrupulously honest "reform" governor Bob Dugan (John Litel). The fact that Maloney and Dugan are actually brothers, orphaned in childhood and raised separately, adds both texture and poignancy to their current adversarial relationship. Intending to reveal his fraternal ties to Dugan at a crucial moment in the latter's anti-corruption campaign, Maloney is ultimately defeated by the forces of Righteousness. Outside of the always dependable Otto Kruger and John Litel, the film's best performance is delivered by the underrated Gloria Dickson as a fairly realistic newspaperwoman. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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