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directed by Byron Haskin
USA 1956


The Boss, filmed from a script by the blacklisted and hence uncredited Dalton Trumbo, starts in 1919 and ends somewhere in the Great Depression. It's about the corruption of a municipal machine that focuses on demobbed doughboy John Payne who, when his older brother dies, inherits his political clout.

On the night of his return he godrunk and married a stranger he comes to scorn (Gloria McGhee, whomakes you yearn for more of her). His only unwavering loyalty lies withan old wartime buddy (William Bishop), who has married the girl Payne loved. So all his passion goes into strengthening his hold over the city, including forging an unholy alliance with the (unnamed) Mafia.

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at located HERE


Theatrical Release: August 22nd, 1956 (Omaha, Nebraska)

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DVD Review: MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:29:12

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 6.49 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: June 6th, 2011
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The Boss is a very solid gangster picture that is unfortunately does not look great on this made-on-demand DVD from MGM. The fact that the film is open matte and, hence, presented in the wrong aspect ratio is the least of its problems. The contrast is very weak and there are many scratches and marks run amuck all throughout the presentation. One particular scene is of especially lower quality than the rest of the film (see 3rd capture). The sound is flawed as well, with some drop-outs and hiss.

It's unfortunate MGM didn't see fit to make a new transfer for this gem - underrated John Payne gives a strong performance and little known Gloria McGehee is very memorable. A highly quality film that, unfortunately, gets a very poor release that we can not recommend.

  - Gregory Meshman


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