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The System (1953)

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90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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 (Joan Weldon), daughter of the newspaper publisher ...See moreGambler 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 (Joan Weldon), daughter of the newspaper publisher who can not break up the romance through persuasion. A senate committee investigating crime gets involved, the racketeers, other than Merrick who is a "nice guy", strike back and kill a reporter, and Merrick's own son, Jerry Merrick (Robert Arthur), commits suicide. Merrick, to his own disadvantage, helps bring down the syndicate. Since it is in black-and-white-, deals with crime and was an American-made film, some will call it "film noir" since that seems to be the current guidelines for putting a film in that, at one time limited-and-defined genre. It ain't, and neither are most of the others currently so classified. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Jo Eisinger (screenplay) | Samuel Grafton (story "Investigation") | Edith Grafton (story "Investigation")
Cinematographer
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Apr 18, 1953

Release date
Apr 18, 1953 (United States)

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52 cast members
Name STARmeter Known for
Frank Lovejoy
John E. 'Johnny' Merrick John E. 'Johnny' Merrick   See fewer
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Joan Weldon
Felice Stuart Felice Stuart   See fewer
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Robert Arthur
Rex Merrick Rex Merrick   See fewer
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Paul Picerni
David Wiley David Wiley   See fewer
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Don Beddoe
Jerry Allen (as Donald Beddoe) Jerry Allen (as Donald Beddoe)   See fewer
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Jerome Cowan
Barry X. Brady Barry X. Brady   See fewer
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Dan Seymour
Mr. Marty Mr. Marty   See fewer
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Sarah Selby
Mrs. Elizabeth Allen Mrs. Elizabeth Allen   See fewer
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Fay Roope
Roger Stuart Roger Stuart   See fewer
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Frank Richards
Charley, Merrick's Butler Charley, Merrick's Butler   See fewer
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Vic Perrin
Little Harry Goubenek (as Victor Perrin) Little Harry Goubenek (as Victor Perrin)   See fewer
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Henry Corden
Specs alias Morton Kovick Specs alias Morton Kovick   See fewer
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Howard Negley
Senator Richard Ketteridge Senator Richard Ketteridge   See fewer
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Alan Gordon
Big Reuben (as Al Gordon) Big Reuben (as Al Gordon)   See fewer
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Bruno VeSota
Angelo Bruno (as Bruno Ve Sota) Angelo Bruno (as Bruno Ve Sota)   See fewer
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Richard Garrick
Frank Tasker Frank Tasker   See fewer
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Ernestine Barrier
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ray Bennett
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Birch
Police Lt. Gordon (uncredited) Police Lt. Gordon (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry J. Blake
Detective Conducting Line-Up (uncredited) Detective Conducting Line-Up (uncredited)   See fewer
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Monte Blue
Man at Hearing (uncredited) Man at Hearing (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Brooks
Country Club Patron (uncredited) Country Club Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ivan Browning
Servant (uncredited) Servant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Forest Burns
Policeman at Jewelry Store Robbery (uncredited) Policeman at Jewelry Store Robbery (uncredited)   See fewer
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Philip Carey
Radio Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited) Radio Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lloyd Dawson
Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Ferguson
Bailiff at Hearing (uncredited) Bailiff at Hearing (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norman Field
Medical Examiner (uncredited) Medical Examiner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Finn
Clerk (uncredited) Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elizabeth Flournoy
Merrick's Secretary (uncredited) Merrick's Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gail Ganley
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kit Guard
Man in Line-Up (uncredited) Man in Line-Up (uncredited)   See fewer
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Creighton Hale
Reporter at Senate Investigation Hearing (uncredited) Reporter at Senate Investigation Hearing (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Kelsey
Man at Hearing (uncredited) Man at Hearing (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mike Lally
Policeman at Jewelry Store Robbery (uncredited) Policeman at Jewelry Store Robbery (uncredited)   See fewer
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Anne Lavelle
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Marlowe
Maxie, Man in Line-Up (uncredited) Maxie, Man in Line-Up (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chester Marshall
Jerry Allen Jr. (uncredited) Jerry Allen Jr. (uncredited)   See fewer
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Thomas Martin
Train Conductor (uncredited) Train Conductor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Maxey
Ed Jelke (uncredited) Ed Jelke (uncredited)   See fewer
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Philo McCullough
Country Club Board Member / Senate Investigation Spectator (uncredited) Country Club Board Member / Senate Investigation Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Mower
Country Club Board Member (uncredited) Country Club Board Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Forbes Murray
Senator Gross (uncredited) Senator Gross (uncredited)   See fewer
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Brian O'Hara
Liggett (uncredited) Liggett (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Pierce
Ricky Gerber (uncredited) Ricky Gerber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Grandon Rhodes
District Attorney Dunlop (uncredited) District Attorney Dunlop (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Sherwood
Court Stenographer (uncredited) Court Stenographer (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Vedder
Senator Svalgard (uncredited) Senator Svalgard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Watts
Walter (uncredited) Walter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Guy Way
Sidewalk Spectator (uncredited) Sidewalk Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Wilson
Sidewalk Spectator (uncredited) Sidewalk Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Milton Wood
Robert - Country Club Waiter (uncredited) Robert - Country Club Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 77 votes