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directed by Fred F. Sears
USA 1954


Fred Sears directs a routine crime thriller from a story by Robert Kent. Barry Sullivan plays ex-con Mick Flagg, a Chicago gangster who helps the police put a powerful Miami crime boss, Tony Brill (Luther Adler), behind bars. It is shot in a semi-documentary style with a narrator relating the action.


The feds and the Miami police chief Martin Belman hire reformed gangster Mickey Flagg to work undercover for them to get info on Tony Brill that would put him in jail, something they haven't been able to do on their own due to the crime lord's cleverness. Flagg agrees for the following reasons: the $50,000 offered, to redeem himself in the eyes of his young son and because twelve years ago Brill framed him on a murder charge which got him a prison sentence. Leaving his Indiana farm, Flagg poses as head of a Cuban syndicate trying to muscle in on Brill's gambling operations run from the Biscayne Club casino. Flagg enlists the help of nice girl hoofer Holly Abbott (Beverly Garland) just arriving from Cuba to track down her missing older sister hoofer Gwen (Adele Jergens), last seen in the company of Brill's mobsters. Holly witnessed the murder of two Cuban hoods on the plane whom she hoped would help find her sis, rivals of Brill's, who were gunned down as soon as they landed in Miami. The police believe Brill had them killed over a turf war, but can't prove it.

Excerpt of review from Dennis Schwartz for Ozus' World Movie Reviews located HERE


Theatrical Release: 3 May 1954 (USA)

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:15:12

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.33 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: January 8th, 2014
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City exposť sub-genre of film noir started in 1952 with The Captive City and peaked with The Phenix City Story in 1955. There were many semi-documentaries made in the classic noir era to uncover seedy underbelly of various cities - Chicago, New York, Portland, Houston, New Orleans. Columbia producer Sam Katzman particularly cranked out these films in various cities all over US and even going down South for The Tijuana Story, but for him it started with The Miami Story in 1954 (he would go back to Miami in 1956 for, what else, Miami Exposť). Starring Barry Sullivan and featuring great noir cast with Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Adele Jergens and John Baer, the film starts with usual for this genre foreword from some politician and follows with an assassination at Miami airport with a quite gory for 1954 aftermath.

The Miami Story was released on made-on-demand DVD by Sony Pictures. The progressive anamorphic image is strong, with little damage, but the contrast is good. The mono soundtrack is decent, with no damage or distortion. The film starts with no menus provided, but the single-layered disc is excellent and can be easily recommended for the discounted price to any fans of B crime dramas.

  - Gregory Meshman


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