The Boss

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  • NR
  • 1956
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 6.4  (358)

The Boss is a classic film noir from 1956 that stars John Payne, William Bishop, and Gloria McGehee. Directed by Byron Haskin, the movie follows the story of a ruthless businessman who resorts to desperate measures to stay on top, causing chaos and ruin for those around him. The plot centers around Matt Brady (John Payne), a self-made millionaire who built his empire by any means necessary, including bribery, extortion, and blackmail. His cold, calculating nature has earned him enemies in both the rival businessmen and the police force. However, he has managed to stay one step ahead until now.

When one of his employees is found dead, Matt becomes the primary suspect in the investigation led by police Lieutenant Frank Mason (William Bishop). Meanwhile, Matt's right-hand man, Nick (Roy Roberts), sets his sights on the boss's position and conspires with Matt's wife, Lizabeth (Gloria McGehee), who is fed up with her husband's abusive behavior.

As the pressure mounts, Matt becomes increasingly desperate and paranoid, lashing out and making reckless decisions that put everyone around him in danger. The film is a masterful exploration of the corrupting influence of power, as Matt's pursuit of success leads him down a path of destruction.

The Boss is notable for its strong performances, particularly John Payne's portrayal of Matt Brady. Payne brings a compelling mix of charm and menace to the character, making him both charismatic and frightening. William Bishop is equally impressive as the hard-boiled cop determined to take Matt down.

The film's cinematography is also noteworthy, with moody, shadowy shots that capture the bleakness of Matt's world. The use of light and shadow reflects the moral ambiguity of the characters, highlighting their deeds in a stark and unforgiving manner.

Overall, The Boss is a classic film noir that delves into the dark side of the American dream. It is a gripping and intense drama that stands the test of time, with powerful performances and striking visuals that leave a lasting impression.

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    1 hr 29 min
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    6.4  (358)