Portland Exposé

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Portland Exposé
Portland Expose poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarold Schuster
Assistant director
Lindsley Parsons, Jr.
Produced byLindsley Parsons
Screenplay byJack DeWitt
StarringEdward Binns
Carolyn Craig
Music byComposed and conducted by Paul Dunlap
CinematographyCarl Berger, A.S.C.
Edited byMaurice Wright, A.C.E.
A Lindsley Parsons Production
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • August 11, 1957 (1957-08-11) (US)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States

Portland Exposé is a 1957 American film noir directed by Harold Schuster and starring Edward Binns and Carolyn Craig. The plot follows a tavern owner in Oregon's largest city, Portland, who is involved in a struggle for power between two gangs attempting to control the unions.[1] The film was inspired by crime boss Jim Elkins and The McClellan Committee's investigation into Portland's underground criminal ventures in the 1940s and 1950s, which were the subject of an extensive article published in LIFE magazine in March 1957.[2]


The owner of a tavern is pressured by the local mob into going into business with them. However, after seeing the changes at his bar, and particularly after a mobster attempts to rape his daughter, he decides to fight them.[3]


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  1. ^ Grieveson, Lee; Esther Sonnet. Mob Culture: Hidden Histories of the American Gangster Film. Rutgers University Press. p. 79. ISBN 978-0813535579.
  2. ^ Ellis, Janey. "Portland's Dirty Little Secret: How Vice and Corruption Held the Rose City In Its Clutches" (PDF). Oregon History.
  3. ^ Mohan, Marc (2013-06-10). "Tonight in Film: "Elemental," "Portland Expose," and more". Oregon Live. Retrieved 2015-04-29.