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Last week Criterion released the Blu-ray edition of Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront and as impressive as the film (and all it's accompanying accoutrement) is, I zeroed in on a film Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones continued to reference in their discussion of Waterfront, Abraham Polonsky's 1948 feature Force of Evil. Starring John Garfield and Thomas Gomez, the film centers on Joe Morse (Garfield), a lawyer who turns to the numbers racket to make his first million. Problem is, the plan he and his associates have in store is going to put Joe's brother, Leo (Gomez) out of business and perhaps worse. Leo is a small-time operator in the racket and Joe's plan to consolidate and put out of business these small timers is going to put a kink in the family relationship, even though there isn't much of a relationship to begin with. Scorsese and Jones' conversation turned »

- Brad Brevet

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