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The Sellout Details


Gerald Mayer proved once more that he had talent above and beyond being the nephew of MGM-head Louis B. Mayer with his direction of The Sellout. The story begins with a bang, as big-city newspaper editor Haven Allridge (Walter Pidgeon) falls victim to the small-town tyranny of corrupt sheriff Kellwin C. Burke (Thomas Gomez). Poised to launch an investigation of Burke's underhanded activities, Allridge is suddenly intimidated into silence. Crusading state's attorney Chick Johnson (John Hodiak) discovers that Burke is keeping Allridge quiet by threatening to reveal the criminal activities of Allridge's son-in-law Randy Stanton (Cameron Mitchell). The final reels illustrate the thesis of Edmund Burke that evil will triumph so long as good men do nothing -- except that this time, they do something. Though hardly a big-budget effort, The Sellout boasts an unusually strong cast, including the aforementioned actors, as well as Karl Malden and Everett Sloane. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Walter Pidgeon
as Haven D. Allridge
Paula Raymond
as Peggy Stauton
John Hodiak
as Chick Johnson
Audrey Totter
as Cleo Bethel
Thomas Gomez
as Sheriff Kellwin C. Burke
Cameron Mitchell
as Randy Stauton
Karl Malden
as Buck Maxwell
Everett Sloane
as Nelson S. Tarsson
Jonathan Cott
as Ned Grayton
Frank Cady
as Bennie Amboy
Hugh Sanders
as Judge Neeler
Griff Barnett
as J.R. Morrisson
Burt Mustin
as Elk M. Ludens
Whit Bissell
as Wilfred Jackson
Roy Engel
as Sam F. Slaper
Jeff Richards
as Truck Driver
Vernon Rich
as Court Clerk
Mabel Smaney
as Fat Woman
Bob Stevenson
as Bailiff
Ann Tyrrell
as Jennie Nova
John Dierkes
as Big Jake
Benny Rubin
as Smoke Shop Proprietor
Frankie Darro
as Little Jake
Cliff Clark
as Police Chief


Nicholas Nayfack
Matthew Rapf
Screen Story
Paul Vogel
David Buttolph
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Arthur Lonergan
Art Director