Mobster Bugs Kelley stubbornly refuses to become part of the syndicate that rules organized crime like a business in the city. He further antagonizes "Crime Inc." by kidnapping Tony Marlowe, one of the syndicate's most important members, and holding him for ransom. When crusading reporter Mike Egan begins dating Kelley's sister Betty, a nightclub singer, Kelley begins feeding him information on the workings of the criminal organization. Although Crime Inc. is being investigated by a Grand Jury, it keeps ahead of District Attorney Dixon's efforts because it has his secretary and several top police detectives on its payroll. All potential witnesses and threats against it are murdered, as is ultimately D.A. Dixon and Kelley. The organization is finally broken when a meeting of its board contracting for Jim and Betty's murder is secretly filmed, and its head is revealed to be none other than Wayne Clark, head of the crime commission. Jim and Betty are now free to be married. Written by
Gabe Taverney (email@example.com)
"Bugs" Kelley is obviously inspired by Bugsy Siegel (1906-1947), especially when he reacts to his nickname with "Don't call me "Bugs!" See more »
After Crime Inc. assassin Eddie Garr decides to become a state's witness, he is stabbed to death in prison with a knife to the left chest. In his story on the murder, reporter Jim Riley states that he was stabbed in the back. See more »
I'm convinced that crime in our city is incorporated like big business.
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Recently watched this on DVD. The transfer to DVD wasn't particularly good but watchable with an interesting plot about several fictional events which resemble events that happened in real life. The movie covers the period, presumably 1930s, when most mobsters were organised and belonged to a National Syndicate and New York/Atlantic City locations. One gangster wants to stay independent and a contract is put on him. He evades this and kidnaps one of the Syndicate members, who owns a night club. He is paid $100,000 for the safe return of the Syndicate member.
The main character is a resourceful newspaperman who seems able to infiltrate both the police and the underworld. He decides to write a book about the Syndicate and its group of killers which he calls Crime Inc.
The part of Jud Stecker, hit man with Crime Inc., was played by Jack Gordon who prior to taking up acting was known as Irving 'Big Gangy' Cohen. He was in real life a hit man for the group of killers which the press nicknamed Murder Inc. He was well known as one of the few people who fled from a murder scene but was not hunted down and killed by the mob. He then rather foolishly appeared in the 1939 movie "Golden Boy" and was swiftly arrested by the police. He was acquitted of the murder and continued his acting career in this movie and as a double for Hoss Cartwright in the Bonanza TV series.
His facial expression and the tone of his voice never seem to change and his body movements are a bit awkward but interesting to see the real thing compared to a James Cagney or Edward G Robinson.
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