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Tricia's retro film review: The Boss

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The Boss (1956)


The Boss is the 1956 film. WWI veteran Matt Brady returns home, but it is not a happy one. He gets into a fight with his brother Tim and girlfriend Elise. He marries a school teacher named Lorrie. When Matt find out that his brother has died, he decides to become a politician just like him. Matt quickly becomes corrupt and a citizen’s group vows to fight him. His personal life is no better, as he regrets marrying Lorrie. Soon, Matt loses everything in the stock market crash and works with Johnny, a gangster. It will soon lead to his downfall.

This feels almost lie a pre-code Hollywood movie. However, its potential is wasted since it takes too long to get to the heart of the story: Matt Brady’s rise and fall from power. The movie jumps from sub-plot to sub-plot too quickly and should have been given more time to develop. There are a few good scenes such as Elise’s speeches and Matt hearing by phone that he’s lost everything in the stock market crash of 1929. Honolulu film fans need to rent this movie first.

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