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The Phenix City Story (1955)
 
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This is a very cool crime semi-documentary based on the real life corruption in a small Southern town that catered to soldiers from a base across the river.

In one of the gambling clubs in Phenix City, we see the owner with several baby turtles each with a different number painted on its back. In the true spirit of corruption rampant in the city, the owner wants to find a way to get his patrons to bet on a turtle race that he has rigged so he can know the winner in advance. But he hasn't yet figured out how.

My favorite scene in the movie is a band and a nightclub singer singing "The Phenix City Blues."
The lyrics sung by the men in the band display an extraordinarily deep understanding of what experts now all unanimously agree is a completely accurate depiction of the psychology of all women:

"Satan's a woman all dressed up to kill
Satan's a woman all dressed up to kill
In a honky tonky city of sin
With a sawdust soul perfumed with gin
Satan's a woman all dressed up to kill.
...  ...  ...
Woman's body is made of flesh and bone
Woman's body is made of flesh and bone
Tied together with a ball of twine
With a paper heart for a valentine
A woman's mind that's strictly all her own."

Watch the scene for yourself on YouTube.
 

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