Bucolic lawyer John Wayne takes on big-city corruption in A MAN BETRAYED. He sets out to prove that an above-suspicion politician (Edward Ellis) is actually a crook. The price of integrity is sweet in this instance, since Wayne happens to be in love with the politician's daughter (Frances Dee). MAN BETRAYED can be viewed from the vantage point of the 1990s as an attempt by Republic Pictures to broaden the range of its biggest star, John Wayne. That it doesn't quite work is forgotten as the audience luxuriates in the sheer professionalism of the whole endeavor--and besides, the Duke does get to put up his dukes on more than one occasion. MAN BETRAYED has been released under two alternate titles: WHEEL OF FORTUNE for American television, and CITADEL OF CRIME (coincidentally the title of a like-vintage Republic "B" picture) for British audiences.
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