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Payoff, The


The city's District Attorney is murdered, and a newspaper reporter investigates. He starts finding out that everything wasn't quite as cut and dried as it appeared to be.

The Payoff is a 1942 American film directed by Arthur Dreifuss.

Plot summary

Reporter Brad MacKay investigates the murder on the District Attorney who had tried to prosecute a syndicate that is involved in sleeze and local corruption. He has been using an undercover assistant DA Walker.


  • Lee Tracy as Brad McKay
  • Tom Brown (actor) as Guy Norris
  • Tina Thayer as Phyllis Walker
  • Evelyn Brent as Alma Doren
  • Jack La Rue as John Angus
  • Ian Keith as Police Inspector Thomas
  • Robert Middlemass as Norris - Newspaper Publisher
  • John Maxwell (actor) as Moroni - Reporter
  • John Sheehan (actor) as Police Sergeant Brenen
  • Harry C. Bradley as Dr. Steele
  • Forrest Taylor as Hugh Walker
  • Pat Costello (actor) as Reporter Pat

Category:1942 films
Category:American films
Category:American mystery films
Category:1940s crime films
Category:American crime thriller films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films about journalists
Category:Producers Releasing Corporation films

Harry D. Edwards

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