711 Ocean Drive
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711 Ocean Drive (1950) is an American crime film noir directed by Joseph M.
711 Ocean Drive
Newman. The drama features Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru and Otto Kruger. 
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Mal Granger (Edmond O'Brien) somehow rises from telephone repairman to
head of a major illegal gambling operation and Lt. Wright (Howard St. John) of
the Los Angeles police is out to get him.
Knowing how much Granger likes to bet on the horses, small-time bookmaker
Chippie Evans (Sammy White) proposes a scheme in which Granger's expertise
at the phone company would provide gangster Vince Walters (Barry Kelley) with
race results in advance.
Granger accepts the offer and also takes an interest in Walters' attractive Theatrical release poster
assistant, Trudy (Dorothy Patrick), but she is arrested. Granger volunteers to be
Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Walters' new partner, then takes over when Walters is killed.
Produced by Frank N. Seltzer
East Coast mob boss Larry Mason (Don Porter) wants a piece of the action. He
Screenplay by Richard English
travels west and uses his own wife Gail (Joanne Dru) as bait to distract Granger,
who isn't aware he is being cheated until Trudy returns and tells him.
Starring Edmond O'Brien
Granger is in love with Gail anyway and incensed when Mason beats her. He
hires a man named Gizzi (Robert Osterloh) to kill Mason but is blackmailed Otto Kruger
instead, so he runs Gizzi's car off a pier.
Music by Sol Kaplan
Using his telephone know-how, Granger places a call to Lt. Wright that makes it
Cinematography Franz Planer
appear he is in Palm Springs and has an alibi. He is actually in Las Vegas,
where he, Gail and Chippie try to get Mason's money with a swindle. Chippie is Editing by Bert Jordan
recognized and killed. Studio Frank Seltzer
Granger and Gail flee, but at Boulder Dam they are cornered by police. Granger
is killed and Gail is placed under arrest. Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) July 1, 1950
Cast (United States)
Edmond O'Brien as Mal Granger Running time 102 minutes
Joanne Dru as Gail Mason Country United States
Otto Kruger as Carl Stephans Language English
Barry Kelley as Vince Walters
Dorothy Patrick as Trudy Maxwell
Don Porter as Larry Mason
Howard St. John as Lieutenant Pete Wright
Robert Osterloh as Gizzi
Sammy White as Chippie Evans
When the film was first released, The New York Times film critic, Bosley Crowther, panned the film, writing, "Despite some
considerable advertising of 711 Ocean Drive as a daring and courageous revelation of the big bookmaking and gambling
syndicates, this modest Columbia melodrama, which came to the Paramount yesterday, is no more than an average crime
picture with some colorful but vague details thrown in. Certainly no one who reads the papers with a fairly retentive eye can
have any less comprehension of the gambling racket than is illustrated here...In short, this little picture, conventionally written
but well photographed, does no more than any gangster picture in reminding us that gangsters are crooks." 
However, the staff at Variety magazine wrote well of the film: "Operations of the syndicates are given a realistic touch by the
screenplay, and Joseph M. Newman's direction keeps action at a fast pace. O'Brien is excellent as the hot-tempered,
ambitious young syndicate chief."
1. ^ 711 Ocean Drive at the Internet Movie Database.
2. ^ Crowther, Bosley . The New York Times, film review, July 20, 1950. Last accessed: February 15, 2011.
3. ^ Variety , film review, July 1, 1950. Last accessed: February 15, 2011.
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