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The Sellout is a 1952 American film noir directed by Gerald Mayer and starring Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Audrey Totter and Paula Raymond.[2]

The Sellout
The Sellout film poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gerald Mayer
Produced by Nicholas Nayfack
Matthew Rapf
Written by Charles Palmer
Story by Matthew Rapf
Starring Walter Pidgeon
John Hodiak
Audrey Totter
Paula Raymond
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Paul Vogel
Edited by George White
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 25, 1952 (1952-01-25) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $596,000[1]
Box office $645,000[1]



Big-city newspaper editor Haven D. Allridge (Pidgeon) starts a crusade against corrupt small-town sheriff Burke (Gomez) after he gets a first-hand taste of Burke's version of justice. Although Burke blackmails Allridge into silence using the misdeeds of Allridge's son-in-law, county prosecutor Randy Stauton (Mitchell), state attorney Chick Johnson (Hodiak) continues the fight.



According to MGM records the film made $434,000 in the US and Canada and $211,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $227,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ The Sellout at the American Film Institute Catalog.

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