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Force of Evil (1948)

TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Drama  |  25 December 1948 (USA)
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An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.

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Edna Tucker
Howland Chamberlain ...
Freddie Bauer (as Howland Chamberlin)
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Ben Tucker
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Bill Ficco
Stanley Prager ...
Wally
Barry Kelley ...
Det. Egan
Paul McVey ...
Hobe Wheelock
Beatrice Pearson ...
Doris Lowry
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Storyline

Lawyer Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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25 December 1948 (USA)  »

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Tucker's People  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1994. See more »

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During a climactic montage set at an East Coast racetrack on the Fourth of July, people in the stock footage crowd scenes are dressed in winter garments nobody would wear in the middle of summer. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Morse: [referring to Joe] Don't have anything to do with him, Leo. You're a businessman.
Leo Morse: Yes. I've been a businessman all my life. And honest - I don't know what a business is.
Sylvia Morse: Well, you had a garage... you had a real estate business.
Leo Morse: A lot you know. Real estate business... living from mortgage to mortgage... stealing credit like a thief. And the garage - that was a business! Three cents overcharge on every gallon of gas: two cents for the chauffeur and a penny for me. Penny for one thief, two cents ...
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Soundtracks

String Quartet opus 131, no. 14: Ist Movement
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A haunting, haunted film
3 August 2006 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

FORCE OF EVIL has remained hovering over me like a ghost all these years. I was studying at Manhattan's Grand Street Playhouse at the time, and the political climate that was beginning to engulf the public had started. Polonsky barely hid the real undercurrent of this remarkable film. When it finally hit the VHS bins, I was almost first on line. I agree with all of the positive remarks on this strong movie, that has all kinds of ghostly memories hovering over it. I did indeed develop a strong crush on Beatrice Pearson, who was an established Broadway actress. She later did quite a turnaround, and even more effective role in LOST BOUNDARIES with excellent work alongside Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, Richard Hylton and Carleton Carpenter. From what I have read (if it is to be believed), she was difficult with a friend around offering advice at every turn. Pearson, after BOUNDARIES, returned to Broadway. Wherever she is now may be a mystery, but if she ever reads this, I hope she knows that this is one fan who still smiles at thoughts of her hair falling over the side of her face, her lovely smile, and the sight of her sitting atop a high hall mantle.


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