Below the Deadline (1946)

Genres - Action, Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Joe Hilton (Warren Douglas), long on looks and ambition but short on ethics, takes immediate advantage when his gambler brother is killed by a rival. Hilton takes over his late brother's operation, quickly and illegally building up a fortune. His friends plead with Hilton to quit the rackets before it's too late, but he pays no attention (and who can blame him?) The story comes to a surprising conclusion, avoiding the usual last-minute-reformation cliché and thereby retaining its integrity throughout. Below the Deadline is proof enough the director William "One Take" Beaudine was much more than a prolific hack.

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addiction, bisexuality, brother, conflict, criminal, decadence, family, gambling, gangster, going-straight, greed, love, one-against-odds, patriarch, pedophilia, power, rampage, rape, reform [improve], retirement, sex, unhappiness, veteran [military], violence