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Crime, Inc. (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 April 1945 (USA)
A crusading reporter uses his friendship with a mobster to expose the machinations of organized crime in his city.



(screenplay) (as Ray Schrock), (story: Crime Incorporated)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Van Cleve
Pat Coyle
Wayne Clark
Capt. Ferrone
Harry Shannon ...
Commissioner Collins
Danny Morton ...
Bugs Kelley
Trixie Waters
District Attorney Dixon
Barry North
Rod Rogers ...
Henchman Val Lucas
Ed Cronley ...
Sgt. Hayes
Jack Gordon ...
Jud Stecker
Monk Friedman ...


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 (duke1029@aol.com)

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Release Date:

15 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


Jim Riley: I'm convinced that crime in our city is incorporated like big business.
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I'm Guilty
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Martha Tilton (uncredited)
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Confusing Criminal Undertaking
17 April 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

When two mobsters are gunned down in a big city cafe, "Daily News" crime reporter Tom Neal (as James "Jim" Riley) decides to investigate. He is correct in seeking out handsome pal Danny Morton (as Mike Egan) about the shooting. For some unexplained reason, Mr. Morton's mob inclinations don't seem fully known to Mr. Neal, although Morton screams RACKETEER and goes by the name "Bugs Kelley" while posing as a life insurance agent. He should be a dead giveaway.

More bodies drop as gangster Leo Carrillo (as Anthony "Tony" Marlow) and celebrated criminal lawyer Lionel Atwill (as Pat Coyle) man their battle stations. Meanwhile, protagonist Mr. Neal becomes aroused by the debonair Morton's beautiful singing sister Martha Tilton (as Betty). Ms. Tilton uses the name "Betty Van Cleve" professionally, apparently to further emphasize her cleavage. Morton tells Neal, "She's sweet and over 21," to give his blessing. "Crime, Inc." is hard to fathom.

*** Crime, Inc. (4/15/45) Lew Landers ~ Tom Neal, Martha Tilton, Leo Carrillo, Danny Morton

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