Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business.
The film was based on a play "The Beggars Are Coming to Town" by Theodore Reeves which opened on Broadway on October 27, 1945 starring Paul Kelly and Luther Adler in the Lancaster/Douglas roles as former bootleggers. This was Byron Haskin's first directorial assignment since 1928, having worked as a cameraman in the interim. Haskin felt that the reason none of the cast objected was as newcomers they didn't know enough to object.
The bigger the house, the more chance the front door is open...
Frankie Madison: Locked...
At around ten minutes from end of the film, the main characters are travelling back to the city. After they pay the toll-booth attendant to cross a bridge, the car they are travelling in is seen speeding along beneath some elevated railway tracks. However, it is seen driving on the left side of the road, rather than the right side, for the USA. Some signage in the background is also reversed. An editing error (ie. footage got spliced in upside down) or it was deliberately put in this way to give the viewer the impression the car was travelling west to east.