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Violence(1947)

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Although the onscreen cast list includes a credit that reads "Mr. X ....?" that character was only mentioned in the dialogue and was apparently cut from the film. The Variety review lists William Gould in the role of "Mr. X," while CBCS lists Billy Green in the part. The New York Times review describes Mr. X as a "mysterious real estate tycoon." According to a Los Angeles Times news item, in July 1946, Jack Bernhard and Bernard Brandt's production company bought a novel titled Violence by John W. Stearn, but it is not known if Stearn's novel had any connection to this film. Melville Cooper was announced in the same item as a possible star of the Stearn adaptation.
       According to mid-December 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film's script was being revised to include the "Columbians of Atlanta and its expose by a girl agent." Columbians, Inc. was an Atlanta-based "hate organization," whose declared goal was the deportation of blacks to Africa and the forced assimilation of Jews with other races or their deportation. In mid-February 1947, New York Times reported that Homer L. Loomis, Jr., secretary of Columbians, Inc. of Atlanta, GA, was convicted on various charges, including incitement to riot in a case that stemmed from the beating of a black man who was passing through a white residential section in that city. Loomis and Emory Burke, the group's president, were also convicted on charges of usurping police powers and illegal possession of dynamite. Walter Tetley is listed in a Hollywood Reporter news item as a cast member, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.