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directed by Gerald Mayer
USA 1952


Respected newspaperman Haven D. Allridge (Walter Pidgeon) goes after the vicious petty Napoleon who holds a small town in his corrupt grasp. In the midst of his campaign to expose the crook, Allridge suddenly skips town. Is he a sellout, or has his crusade led him into a sinister trap? This bare-knuckle crime drama features a superb in-the-know and in-the-noir cast that includes John Hodiak, Karl Malden, Cameron Mitchell, Everett Sloane, Thomas Gomez, and as a sloe-eyed chantootsie who ends up battered and behind bars, film noir icon Audrey Totter. Like the honest newshounds and lawmen who inhabit it, The Sellout doesn’t miss a thing: the film ends with a nifty courtroom-thriller sequence.


Theatrical Release: 30 May 1952 (New York City, New York)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:22:33

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:16)

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2010
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The Sellout is not a well-known film noir, even though it features some excellent actors - Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Audrey Totter and Karl Malden. The film's main villain, a corrupt sheriff of a small town is wonderfully played by a memorable character actor Thomas Gomez. The MGM production was directed by Gerald Mayer, whose other noir, Dial 1119 was recently released on pressed disc by Warner in Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 5.

There is a greenish hue to black-and-white image on some monitors and a noticeable drop in quality for a few frames at reels' ends at the cue marks, but overall the progressive single-layered transfer is very good. A few marks and scratches fly by - the usual tear and wear of a theatrical print. The English mono soundtrack is decent, without any noticeable issues. There are no English subtitles provided, but we do get a 2-minute theatrical trailer. This is a very enjoyable release from Warner Archive Collection.

  - Gregory Meshman


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