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The Enforcer (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 24 February 1951 (USA)
A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.

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Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson
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Big Babe Lazick
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Joseph Rico (as Ted De Corsia)
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Albert Mendoza
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Capt. Frank Nelson
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James (Duke) Malloy (as Lawrence Tolan)
King Donovan ...
Sgt. Whitlow
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Herman (as Robert Steele)
Adelaide Klein ...
Olga Kirshen
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Thomas O'Hara
Tito Vuolo ...
Tony Vetto
John Kellogg ...
Vince
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Philadelphia Tom Zaca
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After years of pursuit, Assistant D.A. Martin Ferguson has a good case against Murder, Inc. boss Albert Mendoza. Mendoza is in jail and his lieutenant Joseph Rico is going to testify. But Rico falls to his death and Ferguson must work through the night going over everything to build the case anew. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

Everett Sloane, who plays the kingpin of the underworld in this movie, provided the voice of do-gooder Dick Tracy in the 1961 cartoon shorts based loosely on the Chester Gould comic strip. See more »

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When Rico gets in his car at the hideout on his way to fulfill a "contract" in the city, a crew member is visible in the reflection of the window of the car door as it is closed. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Rico: [to Babe Lazich] A blimp like you ain't got a girlfriend, have you?
Babe Lazich: I've got a wife.
Joseph Rico: Well, if anything happens to you, we take care of her. If you get into a jam, we get you a lawyer. If you get in jail, you're on the payroll all the time you're in.
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Kiss Me Sweet
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Written by Milton Drake
Played over the sidewalk loudspeakers
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Another Spectacular Film Noir of Humphrey Bogart
31 January 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson (Humphrey Bogart) has the chance of sending the criminal Albert Mendoza (Everett Sloane) to the electric chair. He depends on the testimony of Mendoza`s right arm Joseph Rico (Ted De Corsia). Rico is so scared that commits a mistake and dies. Ferguson passes all the case again and again trying to find a new evidence or witness. Through flashbacks, the viewer sees what has happened until the death of Rico. Today I have just watched this movie on cable television, since it has not been released on VHS or DVD in Brazil. I can not understand how the Brazilian distributors have not paid attention on this spectacular film noir. It is almost a masterpiece, and unfortunately my friends, who are also fans of movies, do not know this magnificent film. The story is very tight, and all the cast has an excellent performance, with another great direction of Raoul Walsh. The black & white photography is fantastic, with the use of shadows specially in the exterior scenes. It is funny how the title of this movie is changed, depending on the country (`Murder, Inc.', in UK, and `A Price For Each Crime' in my country). The fans of film noir and police story will certainly love this unknown jewel. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): `Um Preço Para Cada Crime' (`A Price For Each Crime')


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