×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Phenix City Story

Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There's quite a bit of violence.

With:
John McIntire Richard Kiley Kathryn Grant Edward Andrews Lenka Peterson Biff McGuire

Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There’s quite a bit of violence.

Contemporary headlines and magazine articles have up-pointed conditions in this Alabama town, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and the army’s Fort Benning. Proximity of the latter contributed to the label of ‘the wickedest city in the U.S.’ hung on the southern town, particularly during World War II.

A 13-minute prolog features radio-TV’s Clete Roberts doing on-the-scene interviews with actual participants in the 1954 events, including the widow of Albert Patterson, the murdered candidate. This prolog stretches show’s running time to 100 minutes, but it’s up to the exhibitor whether or not it is used.

The downfall of Phenix City sin is woven around the return from overseas service of Richard Kiley with wife and two children to find his hometown still living up to its wicked reputation. Kiley plays John Patterson, the son of the murdered candidate, who was elected to the attorney general post by an aroused citizenry after the death of the father, ably depicted by John McIntire.

Edward Andrews plays Rhett Tanner, a menacing, entirely believable crime czar. Kathryn Grant is another who scores as Ellie Rhodes, a dealer in Tanner’s joint.

Picture was lensed almost entirely in the actual locale, with hometown talent seen to quite an extent.

The Phenix City Story

Production: Allied Artists/Bischoff. Director Phil Karlson; Producer Samuel Bischoff, David Diamond; Screenplay Crane Wilbur, Dan Mainwaring; Camera Harry Neumann; Editor George White; Music Harry Sukman; Art Director Stanley Fleischer

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: John McIntire Richard Kiley Kathryn Grant Edward Andrews Lenka Peterson Biff McGuire

More Film

  • Speed Kills

    Film Review: 'Speed Kills'

    Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There’s quite a bit of violence. Contemporary headlines and magazine articles have up-pointed conditions in this Alabama town, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and the army’s Fort […]

  • Oscars Oscar Academy Awards Placeholder

    Academy Cancels Red Carpet Interviews at Governors Awards Due to Wildfires

    Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There’s quite a bit of violence. Contemporary headlines and magazine articles have up-pointed conditions in this Alabama town, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and the army’s Fort […]

  • Diego Luna Inclusion

    6 Takeaways From Variety’s 2018 Inclusion Summit

    Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There’s quite a bit of violence. Contemporary headlines and magazine articles have up-pointed conditions in this Alabama town, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and the army’s Fort […]

  • MLB Doping Scandal Documentary 'Screwball' Set

    Film News Roundup: MLB Doping Scandal Documentary 'Screwball' Set for Spring Release

    Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There’s quite a bit of violence. Contemporary headlines and magazine articles have up-pointed conditions in this Alabama town, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and the army’s Fort […]

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' Heading to $75 Million Opening

    Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There’s quite a bit of violence. Contemporary headlines and magazine articles have up-pointed conditions in this Alabama town, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and the army’s Fort […]

  • William Goldman Dead

    William Goldman's Best Lines

    Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There’s quite a bit of violence. Contemporary headlines and magazine articles have up-pointed conditions in this Alabama town, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and the army’s Fort […]

  • Chris Pratt. Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom'

    Chris Pratt in Early Talks to Star in 'The Saint' Movie Reboot

    Vice, Southern style, gets the expose treatment in phenix City Story. Production mostly hews to provable incident, with some coloring or rearrangement for dramatic emphasis. There’s quite a bit of violence. Contemporary headlines and magazine articles have up-pointed conditions in this Alabama town, just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Georgia, and the army’s Fort […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content