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Black Hand (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 12 March 1950 (USA)
Now grown-up, Johnny Columbo returns to New York from Italy having sworn a vendetta against the Black Hand who killed his father years earlier. Becoming romantically involved with a girl ... See full summary »

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Louis Lorelli
Teresa Celli ...
Isabella Gomboli
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Caesar Xavier Serpi
Frank Puglia ...
Carlo Sabballera
Barry Kelley ...
Police Capt. Thompson
Mario Siletti ...
Benny Danetta / Nino
Carl Milletaire ...
George Allani / Tomasino
Peter Brocco ...
Roberto Columbo
Eleonora von Mendelssohn ...
Maria Columbo (as Eleonora Mendelssohn)
Grazia Narciso ...
Mrs. Danetta
Maurice Samuels ...
Moriani
Burk Symon ...
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Prosecutor
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Mrs. Sabballera
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Now grown-up, Johnny Columbo returns to New York from Italy having sworn a vendetta against the Black Hand who killed his father years earlier. Becoming romantically involved with a girl from school and meeting up with an honest cop also fighting the gangs, Columbo starts to wonder if there may be legal ways to defeat them. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Knife  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was originally set up as a Robert Taylor vehicle. See more »

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Don't let the main star names keep you from watching it
22 September 2005 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Being a big fan of crime/gangster/mafia movies the Black Hand title really got my attention.Having never watched a musical from beginning to end it was a downer to see the main star was Gene Kelly.Gene Kelly? The singing in the rain person?That much about him is known to me only because of his exhibit at the movie land wax museum in Buena Park.He's OK in this movie,J.C.Naish is better but the production gives the most entertainment.The Italian neighborhood street scenes do give the viewer the impression that's actually what they are seeing.Many of the lesser players are Italien and are used well to portray an Italien community.A favorite scene is the run down bar where poor hard working men go to have a drink and sing,the private conversation between Johnny Colombo(Kelly) and the bartender there seems so realistic.The overall dark look of this movie reminds of the TV show "the untouchables" which I enjoyed very much,this movie is a notch above that show. The first killing in the movie is such a surprise I wouldn't want to give away any part of it. There may not be one real strong performance in the movie but many small quality contributions come together to be entertaining.Amongst all the beautiful Italian language and culture there is a scene in an Italien home where an adult reminds a child to speak English.In another movie a similar scene was repeated.Although not Italien I find it strange to treat the speaking of that language as doing something wrong,it seems to be a reflection of life.Sometimes I speak or listen to more than five languages a day but no Italien,such a sad lose.


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