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The Phenix City Story (1955) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Phil Karlson and produced by Samuel Bischoff.

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Day Fourteen of Noirvember: Stranger Than Fiction — The Phenix City Story

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 14, 2018 From Shadows and Satin

The Phenix City Story is a 1955 noir directed by Phil Karlson and starring John McIntire, Richard Kiley, and Kathryn Grant. The title location is a lawless town in Alabama where the crooks are running the show and the cops are ineffectual at best, and on the payroll of the head mobster, Rhett Tanner... Read full article


Film Noir Files: The Phenix City Story

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 1, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

The docudrama The Phenix City Story (1955) is the latest addition to Old Hollywood Film's noir files. The Phenix City Story (1955) is a fascinating true crime noir that deals with real events in an Alabama town that was known as "Sin City, U.S.A." The Phenix City Story begins when John Patter... Read full article


The Phenix City Story (1955)

By Beatrice on Jun 25, 2013 From Flickers in Time

The Phenix City Story Directed by Phil Karlson 1955/USA Allied Artists Pictures First viewing #297 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This semi-documentary film tells the story of a crusade to fight a vice racket that had run Phenix City, Alabama for the better part of a century. ?While it... Read full article


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The film was in production so quickly, some of the criminals it was portraying were standing trial while filming was taking place.
In the film, John Patterson (Richard Kiley) is depicted as supportive of African-American Zeke Ward (James Edwards) and his family. In real life, following his term as Alabama attorney general (1954-1958), he ran for governor in 1958, ran an openly racist campaign and won. One of his opponents, George Wallace, had run as a racial moderate and told his friends after the election, "John Patterson out-niggered me, and I'm never gonna be out-niggered again." Four years later, in 1962, Wallace won the governorship of Alabama as an avowed segregationist.
This is one of Martin Scorsese's personal favorite films.
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