Shakedown (1950)

Approved   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir


Shakedown (1950) Poster

Unscrupulous and opportunistic San Francisco news media photographer Jack Early steps-on and uses folks, to get ahead, but in the end he tangles with the wrong people.


7/10
184

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


4 September 2001 | bmacv
7
| Howard Duff as rotten-to-core tabloid photographer
In Shakedown, Howard Duff plays his specialty, a winsome crumb. As a down-at-the-heels shutterbug desperate for a job, he sells lurid pictures -- drownings, defenestrations -- without any thought to the peril his subjects face. Once he lands the job by buttering up his editor's assistant (Peggy Dow), he realizes that compromising photos of crime figures pay better as blackmail than as journalism. He doesn't scruple to double-cross his prey if the profits can underwrite his taste for the high life, including the widow of a mobster he set up for a hit. When he just happens to be on hand to snap that murder, he causes a sensation but raises suspicions. Of course, his duplicity and greed prove his undoing.... With such familiar tough guys as Brian Donleavy and Lawrence Tierney, the movie clicks right along apace with Duff's camera. A nice irony shades the ending, not unlike the denouement of Taxi Driver: the heel gets turned into something like a hero.

Critic Reviews


Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller

Contribute to this page

See Your Favorite '90s Stars, Then and Now

Travel back in time to check out the early roles of some of Hollywood's heavy hitters. Plus, see what some of your favorite stars of the '90s look like now.

See the full gallery

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com