However, a good case could be made that it is not. Copyright © 2020 Alabama Political Reporter. The film begins with a very dated documentary segment, which interviews some of the real life people involved in the story. Take care of each other. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. And she’ll be in line for an early vaccine. It was mismanaged as badly as a crisis can be mismanaged. One of the screenwriters, Daniel Mainwaring, also wrote the script for Out of the Past and The Big Steal. I have a close friend who is about to enter her fifth semester of nursing school, and she’s already told me, with resignation, that she expects that she’ll get COVID at some point. In more than 50 court cases, the Trump campaign has lost all but once, and that win was on a minor issue that wouldn’t have affected the election outcome. It is always about the economy. Attorney General Steve Marshall speaks in 2018 on a proposed rewrite of the state ethics laws. In the state’s largest population area, Jefferson County, more than 500 people have died. Our families, if we have them. It reminds me of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. As of this writing, the virus had claimed more than 271,000 lives in the United States. ... Based on true occurrences that took place only a year previously, the. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. What in the world are people thinking? The film, which takes a number of liberties with the actual events and characters, opened on July 19, 1955, with simultaneous premieres in Phenix City, Columbus, Georgia, and Chicago, Illinois. A legendary, revered leader like Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan would have had a hard time surviving the epidemic destroyed our economy. The story told here, however, does lend itself to some histrionics. They have piled up a lot of cash and made large political contributions to Alabama legislators. Phenix City figured that these soldiers needed some entertainment. What some claim was the last battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Columbus took place in Phenix City, then known as Girard. The film was directed by Phil Karlson and stars John McIntire as Al Patterson and Richard Kiley as his son John. John Patterson served as Alabama’s Attorney General from 1954-1958. Other articles where The Phenix City Story is discussed: Phil Karlson: Film noirs: …finest year for films, with The Phenix City Story, a two-fisted exposé of corruption in an Alabama town that was inspired by true events. I get plenty of pushback already because I always wear a mask outside my home or car, or when I’m at a drive-through, or when I meet a delivery person at my porch. It was openly run by a tough redneck mafia that made the New York Mafia look like choir boys. We come to you on bending knees through it all The U.S. Supreme Court, with three conservatives appointed by Trump, refused to even consider a case filed by Pennsylvania Republicans that wanted that state’s results overturned. A host of them were stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. Tension. By the seashore (I still believe) Why? These slot machines and prostitutes lured the soldiers across the bridge to be preyed upon. For her family and 10 to 12 other couples. Only Fuller would be convicted, however. Phenix City lies very near Fort Benning, and over the years a series of bars, bordellos, and … Holding classes on Zoom is exhausting. Chaos in government simply an anomaly at last. In the film, John Patterson personally battles, tracks down, and captures the fictional Tanner mob. These aren’t actors, but individuals whose lives were threatened for bravely standing up against the institutionalized evil that ran amok in their hometown of Phenix City, Alabama. Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr even declared there was no election fraud that rose to a level that would have altered the election. As the movie starts, Albert Patterson is being urged to run for public office and battle the corrupt influence of Rhett Tanner (played by Edward Andrews), the gangster who controls Phenix City's virtually lawless 14th Street. There are very few Alabamians left who remember the 1950’s story of Phenix City, Alabama. The sheriff and a deputy sheriff named Albert Fuller were convicted of the murder of Albert Patterson. We are tracking the spread of COVID-19 on our data and mapping dashboard. Based on a true story, this Film Noir, is shot in a gritty style that exposes the seedy underbelly of southern crime in The Phenix City Story (1955). A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town. The Phenix City Story is a crime film based on the assassination of Alabama politician and attorney Albert Patterson in June 1954 in Phenix City, Russell County. Too many people are making plans for Christmas, and there’s going to be a price to pay. This America lent itself to a close presidential contest where 40 states were in play in the Electoral College and only 10 predetermined. We’ve got an angry, sore-loser president literally attempting a coup. On paper this sounds like a fairly standard one-man-brings-down-the-system thriller, except in this instance it’s based on a true story, and one which I’d never heard about before. He could have possibly won re-election with this rosy economy. Make no doubt about it, the lottery bill that failed recently in the legislature was the Poarch Creek Casino syndicate’s bill. Trump lost the middle of America swing voter in the key battleground states and he lost them overwhelmingly. The Phenix City Story (1955) Full Cast & Crew. As reported Thursday by APR‘s Eddie Burkhalter, “Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall Wednesday signed on to a brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that asks the U.S. Supreme Court to toss election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.”. Rated the #82 best film of 1955, and #9616 in the greatest all-time movies (according to RYM users). This is Black Friday. But John Patterson is attacked on his first night back in Phenix City and must fight to defend himself while the police watch and do nothing. Don’t trust a reality show president who, fortunately, finally has been fired. In reality, John Patterson travelled to Washington, D.C., to ask FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to use his agency to investigate the murder, but Hoover refused to see him. The Governor and President declared martial law and they put a clamp down on the whole town. Three days later the Phenix City Mafia gunned him down, openly assassinating the newly elected Attorney General of Alabama. Arriving at his father's house bruised and bloodied, the younger Patterson urges his father to clean up the town. I’m pretty chill with Christmas music. That’s certainly nothing to be thankful for. That’s more than 20 people, gathering inside a home, at dinner, on Christmas. My pugs and other dogs and animals. Kennedy won the White House with his performance, or, as some would say, Nixon lost by his appearance on TV that fateful night in October of 1960. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. Patterson had been gunned down June 18, 1954, in the street outside his law office just days after winning the. My friends here and elsewhere. Very few people genuinely like Trump. We can hope. Then hug it close with all your might. But around Christmas, yeah. Roused to action by public outrage, Alabama, The film invents instances of the fictional Tanner and his cronies engaging in a campaign of terror against the Pattersons and their supporters even before Albert Patterson is assassinated. Phil Karlson’s semi-documentary-style account of Phenix ’s dramatic clean-up, made while the story was still headline news, was – unusually for the time – filmed on location in the real city. They both believed in American values of decency and hard work. Around 3 million people have been infected, with many of those suffering lifelong health complications from the virus. Until it directly impacts us. ALABAMA’S CITY OF SIN AND SHAME! The film immeasurably aided Patterson in his campaign for Governor of Alabama. Hospitals are full. iCM Forum <400 (extended list) Near the end of her song, the amazing Dolly Parton leaves us with this: I believe to my very core A very few escaped to Texas and others were found floating in the Chattahoochee River. At her home. Kids in cages, separated from their parents, no more. The Phenix City Story. (VIA RNC). He used his gubernatorial power to do their bidding. Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers.us. The Phenix City Story (1955) is a fascinating true crime noir that deals with real events in an Alabama town that was known as "Sin City, U.S.A." The Phenix City Story begins when John Patterson (Richard Kiley) returns to his Alabama hometown after a stint in the Army. Richard Kiley does a fine job as the crusading reformer. To win a presidency, people have to like you. This pivotal presidential race marked the beginning of television as the premier political medium. There is an old political adage that says, “If you claim credit for the rain, you got to take blame for the drought.”. Uncertainty, division, anger, and unrest The police department is corrupt and the criminal Rhett Tanner is the big boss. With John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews. To watch this film is to endure a crucible of agony and fury. Opinion | Ivey sends the wrong message at the wrong time on in-person learning, Opinion | Turnout for presidential election shatters record in Alabama, Opinion | Jim Martin: The father of modern Republican Party in Alabama, Opinion | Alabama is truly a Republican State, Opinion | The enduring legacy of Margaret Thatcher, Opinion | 400 years later, the Pilgrim story is more relevant than ever, Opinion | Record voter turnout in Alabama shows need for voting legislation. There was not a lot of difference, philosophically or ideologically, between a Republican Kansas farmer and a blue-collar Democratic factory worker in Pennsylvania. The country was more homogenous and amicable. Believe in science. It’s not directly a Christmas song but, instead, a song about these trying times. And it’s also true that the virus kills at higher rates than the flu or many other diseases. They may be forever. Federal officials dredged the river and found over 200 skeletons of victims who had tried to cross the Phenix City Mafia. This unique film paints an ugly picture of a breakdown of law and order on a truly grand scale. Scared, and wondering what happens next As do grocery store workers, first responders, teachers, and delivery people. Well, with all of the chaos that is 2020, it’s appropriate. But I still believe. And now we learn that our own attorney general, Steve Marshall, is joining in on Donald Trump’s coup attempt. The Phenix City Story (DVD) : The Phenix City story: Corruption, brutality and vice plagued Phenix City, Alabama for 100 years. This movie is based on a true story. Perhaps we can see a light at the end of this 2020 tunnel. But you can’t learn anything if you’re dead or, even worse, you get the disease and kill somebody else because you’re careless. Our border city became the poor man’s Las Vegas and Guadalajara, Mexico rolled into one. Also, it is even a further defined swing voter who resides in a swing state — primarily the states of Florida, Ohio, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and now Georgia. He would have had to have been an FDR or Reagan to have survived the events of this year. I think this film is great, especially with the unusual Prologue. Genres: Film noir, Crime, Biopic. Maybe by spring, we’ll all be vaccinated, and this pandemic will be at the beginning of its end. Opinion | Amendment 4: Stairway to heaven or highway to hell? That homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, and cruelty will fall from the everyday ordinary to the awful extraordinary. And dies. All exit polling revealed that even the most ardent Republicans disliked Trump the man. The COVID-19 pandemic is out of control here in Alabama and across the nation. Patterson does not see himself as a moral crusader and is reluctant to take up this cause. Opinion | Just do the right thing, Gov. You ask: It is simple, the COVID pandemic. You wouldn’t think so by looking at how our national and state leaders are handling things. Yeah, no need to be afraid. (Chip Brownlee/APR). Phenix City became known as the most sinful place in America. Now Marshall is going to use his office to benefit an accused GOP colleague in another state? Turner Classic Movies: The Phenix City Story, Located on the western bank of the Chattahoochee River marking the Georgia state line, Phenix City had long been known as the "red light district" for both the much larger Columbus and the nearby Army base at Fort Benning. Ivey, even if they hate you for it, Opinion | Moore, Brooks should be ridiculed, shunned for Electoral College stunt. Phil Karlson's docudrama based on the notorious Phenix City -- a city known for its gambling, crime and prostitution rackets. Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers.us. This bold, brazen murder by the Phenix City crowd was the straw that broke the camel’s back. There were so many illegal slot machines in operation that they outnumbered Las Vegas. Wash your hands and wear a mask. The entire state was embarrassed by the Phenix City story. Yeah, that’s true. Check out the exclusive TVGuide.com movie review and see our movie rating for The Phenix City Story. Gov. Menu. However, key swing voters, primarily suburban women, just did not like a brash, irreverent, egocentric, irrational, narcissist as their president. Yeah, right? There is another tried and true maxim: “More people vote against someone than for someone.” This played out to the nines on Election Day. Thus, the script depicts the murder as the work of the fictional crime boss Tanner and his henchmen, rather than corrupt politicians and law enforcement officials. Even though the Pennsylvanian was a union man who tended to vote Democratic and was probably a Catholic, and the Kansas farmer voted Republican and was a protestant, they both were Christian conservatives. “The coming weeks are going to be difficult, no doubt about that.”. Directed by Phil Karlson. What is it about us that we refuse to look ahead, knowing that if we do contract the virus, we could beat it and still have chronic health problems that dog us for the rest of our lives? Our friends, and we all have them. The year 2020 has been a hot mess. New cases are setting records. A doctor described people she was caring for who were dying, and all the time denying the virus existed, even to their last breaths. Too many people are planning New Year’s Eve celebrations, and there’s going to be a price to pay. However, the March invasion of the coronavirus derailed the Trump Train. Oh, I’ll have some champagne and stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve, if only to witness that this damn year doesn’t hang around for one second longer than is allowed. Until it directly impacts us or a family member or a friend. A lot has changed in the past 60 years, America was a more Ozzie and Harriet, Andy Griffith Mayberry America. Today, it is just the opposite, 10 states are in play and 40 are predetermined. The Phenix City Story. Our animals, and many of us have them. Very few people voted for Joe Biden. Marshall has no business getting involved in this scam by the Texas attorney general, who is under criminal investigation and probably positioning himself for a pre-emptive pardon from Trump. Patterson was elected Governor of Alabama in 1958, in no small part to the sympathy Alabamians had over his father’s assassination. 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Jones: Millions for Alabama priorities in annual defense bill, Shelby applauds Senate passage of defense funding, In farewell speech, Jones calls on senators to work together for the country, Mobile native, Auburn grad selected to be next secretary of defense, Roby: Congress needs deal to keep the government funded by Friday. Children tend to recover quickly from the virus; well, at least those who it doesn’t kill. There are very few independent voters in the middle. Why aren’t we more afraid? Phil Karlson's docudrama based on the notorious Phenix City -- a city known for its gambling, crime and prostitution rackets. The entire town, including Main Street had casinos and brothels. As many of you know, Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama are essentially the same city. At least the New York Mafia tried to subvert their illegal activities. If that person wanting a Christmas dinner is planning a meal for two dozen people, a suggestion that she postpone wasn’t going to do anything but make her angry. The sympathy for Patterson was too much for Wallace to overcome. The Phenix City Story (1955) directed by Phil Karlson • … As in real life, the cinematic version of Albert Patterson is murdered by men threatened by his victory in the Democratic primary for state attorney general. You see our fear, you hear our pleas Many don’t have water or power or heat as the winter settles in. Thursday was Thanksgiving, and it’s understandable that many people didn’t have a lot to be thankful for. They are only separated by a bridge and the Chattahoochee River. What a holiday season, right? Both Wallace and Patterson were making their first race for governor, but about the time that race started a movie came out entitled “The Phenix City Story.” It told the story of Albert Patterson’s murder at the hands of the corrupt thug mafia. It’s worse now than it ever has been, and the scientists and doctors tell us it’ll get even worse in the coming weeks and months. Watch trailers, read customer and critic reviews, and buy The Phenix City Story directed by Phil Karlson for $5.99. Realizing how bad the situation has become, Albert Patterson agrees to run for office, a decision almost immediately met by threats and violence from Rhett Tanner and his mob. But it’s our own fault. Even evangelical conservatives voted for him knowing his personal and business life was not exemplary of a practicing Christian, but he was the vessel for conservative Supreme Court Justices. Democrats hated Donald Trump. A first Thanksgiving without loved ones. Do your best to do your best. Phil Karlson’s docudrama based on the notorious Phenix City – a city known for its gambling, crime and prostitution rackets. From the era of, In March 1955, director Phil Karlson and his cast and crew began filming in Phenix City, popularly known in the national press as "Sin City, USA," for rampant abuses by organized crime. The coming weeks are going to be difficult, no doubt about that. You know our hearts, you know our needs My daughters in San Diego. The film also was well-reviewed by film critics. President Donald Trump speaks during the Republican National Convention. The blackest Black Friday ever. Deaths are soaring. Around Labor Day when this year’s presidential campaign was beginning to heat up, I wrote a column about the classic 1960 presidential contest between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. This crime drama is classified as a Film-Noir. Starring: Kathryn Grant, Richard Kiley, John McIntire. Today’s movie is The Phenix City Story 1955. That alone is something to be thankful for. Some of us don’t even take the virus seriously. Abramoff and Scanlan went to jail, but the Indian casinos have their monopoly on Bingo betting. Widespread voter fraud simply does not exist, and Marshall’s involvement in an anti-democratic heist of a legal election is an embarrassment to himself and to Alabama. “The March invasion of the coronavirus derailed the Trump Train,” columnist Steve Flowers writes. And then, Christmas is coming. The Phenix City Story (1955)'s lists. The presidential election has been certified by every state and the District of Columbia, with Republican and Democratic election officials refuting bogus claims of fraud. It’s odd, is it not, that the Democratic Party voter fraud was so massive that Republicans gained seats in the Democratic-controlled U.S. House and — unless two Democrats defeat Republican incumbents in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs on Jan. 5 — will maintain control of the Senate as well. Unless it’s you who brings the disease into an environment where at-risk persons live. 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