The Phenix City Story | Chicago Reader

The Phenix City Story

Phil Karlson's raw 1955 film noir is based on the real-life story of Phenix City, Alabama—a vice-ridden small town scrubbed down by a crusading lawyer. Karlson virtually remade this film in 1973 as Walking Tall, making a commercial success out of a lifetime obsession. Gritty and hard, Phenix City is every bit as sleazy as the subject it treats. Richard Kiley stars, with quixotic presentiments of Man of La Mancha.

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