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The Undercover Man (1949)

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Treasury Department agent Frank Warren takes on the case of a mob leader who has evaded paying taxes on his ill-gotten gains.

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Frank Warren
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Judith Warren
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George Pappas
Barry Kelley ...
Attorney Edward J. O'Rourke
David Wolfe ...
Stanley Weinburg
Frank Tweddell ...
Inspector Herzog
Howard St. John ...
Joseph S. Horan
John F. Hamilton ...
Police Desk Sergeant Shannon
Leo Penn ...
Sydney Gordon
Joan Lazer ...
Rosa Rocco
Esther Minciotti ...
Maria Rocco
Angela Clarke ...
Theresa Rocco
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Salvatore Rocco
Robert Osterloh ...
Emanuel 'Manny' Zanger
Kay Medford ...
Gladys LaVerne
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Treasury Department agent Frank Warren takes on the case of a mob leader who has evaded paying taxes on his ill-gotten gains.

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TOLD WITH THE SNARL OF A MACHINE GUN! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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20 April 1949 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Undercover of what?
25 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a story about some tax people going after a syndicate. I'm not sure what they mean by syndicate - it it a Union or is it a conglomerate of organizations? - whatever it is, it's some kind of gangster run organization. It's basically pretty confusing. There's a guy rather stupidly called the 'Big Fellow' who is the number one baddie and fat lawyer Barry Kelley (John O'Rourke) represents him throughout the film. However, I didn't quite get what his role was until quite far into the movie, and the reason for that is that this is one boring film. I was half an hour into the film and I didn't know what was going on. Things are still not clear after an hour. It's as dull as Glenn Ford - and that's pretty dull!

There is no-one that's any good in the cast apart from Barry Kelley for his flamboyance. Glenn Ford (yaaawwnn) put into a film about looking at tax books cannot possibly be a good thing. To add to the misery of it all, they have cast what is quite possibly my most hated family in the whole of film history. Those 3 Italian women representing the different generations are dreadful. The old one bores us silly with a drawn out scene where she talks only in Italian (totally pointless). She looks like a freak. The child is one of the most annoying children ever and is pretty horrible looking as well. And the mother constantly overacts. She does provide the best moment, however, when Glenn Ford first knocks at her door and shows a picture to her to identify. She claims not to know the chap in question but as soon as Ford is sent away, that annoying brat of a girl names the man in question to which the overacting bad actress mother tells her to "forget his name forever" and then gives her a massive slap in the face. Ha ha. SLAP! The film scores a point for that. It almost gets tense at the end in a sequence with Ford and Kelley as they try to outwit the gangster killers but it all reverts to routine humdrum pretty quickly. Those 2 episodes raise this film's score from what would have been a 3/10 to a 4/10. It's boring.


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