The System (1953)

Passed   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The System (1953) Poster

Gambler John Merrick (Frank Lovejoy) is the head of a bookie syndicate and the newspaper is crusading against him and the rackets, primarily because Merrick is in love with Felice Stuart (... See full summary »


Get More From IMDb

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

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast


Lewis Seiler


Jo Eisinger (screenplay), Samuel Grafton (story "Investigation"), Edith Grafton (story "Investigation")

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

29 November 2020 | happytrigger-64-390517
| Kiss him or Kill him
The System is a melodrama, and certainly not a film noir. If the script has been written by Jo Eisinger (Gilda, Night and the City), there are in this movie completely ridiculous scenes such as the kid's suicide (and that surrealistic shot of the vacuum cleaner, it has to be seen, such a mess, mixing comedy and tragedy) or the newspaper man's death (the two killers are more clowns than killers, unbelievable, and it's shot from far away without imagination), ans so many more scenes. What saves this movie is Frank Lovejoy's character as the chief of bookie Organization, he's an illegal businessman but doesn't want to go too far in violence, and Lovejoy is convincing in his tough acting. Two good appearances of Dan Seymour and Bruno VeSota (they both cannot be bad). But the rest of the casting is quite poor. Director Lewis Seiler is unknown to me, except The True Story of Lynn Stuart, with a frightening Jack Lord (the first sequence is a must). He also directed five early Bogart and I have to see the Guadalcanal Diary which has a good reputation.

Critic Reviews

Did You Know?


Plot Summary


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


Release Date:

18 April 1953



Country of Origin


Contribute to this page

New Holiday Movies to Stream This Season

If you've already rewatched your old holiday favorites, then we have three new holiday films to keep the cheer going all season long.

Get some picks

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on