Damn Citizen

 

An overlooked gem of a movie is Damn Citizen (1958) which tells the story of Francis Grevemberg.  During World War II Grevemberg, a Catholic, rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the time he was 29, receiving battlefield promotions from General Patton and General Bradley.  Appointed head of the Louisiana State Police in 1952, a notoriously corrupt outfit, he reformed it from top to bottom and led it in a crusade against organized crime that was highly successful and received national attention.   The title of the film comes from a scene in the movie where a gangster notes that he is not a professional corrupt cop, the type they were used to dealing with, but rather a damn citizen that had gone to war against them and couldn’t be bought.  The film is as relevant today as it was in 1958 and I highly recommend it.

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Published in: on March 16, 2016 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Damn Citizen  
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