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Release Date:
24 February 1951 (USA) See more »
"If you're smart you'll come down - if you're dumb you'll be dead..." (one-sheet poster) See more »
A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Humphrey Bogart ... Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson

Zero Mostel ... Big Babe Lazick

Ted de Corsia ... Joseph Rico (as Ted De Corsia)

Everett Sloane ... Albert Mendoza

Roy Roberts ... Capt. Frank Nelson

Michael Tolan ... James (Duke) Malloy (as Lawrence Tolan)
King Donovan ... Sgt. Whitlow

Bob Steele ... Herman (as Robert Steele)
Adelaide Klein ... Olga Kirshen

Don Beddoe ... Thomas O'Hara
Tito Vuolo ... Tony Vetto
John Kellogg ... Vince
Jack Lambert ... Philadelphia Tom Zaca
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bartell ... Police Records Clerk (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Landlady (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Bit Man (uncredited)
Susan Cabot ... Nina Lombardo (uncredited)
Danny Dayton ... Digger (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Sergeant James Dolan (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Jail Keeper (uncredited)
Alan Foster ... Shorty Schultz (uncredited)
Tim Graham ... Police Chemist (uncredited)
Greta Granstedt ... Mrs. Lazich (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Landlady (replaed by Helen Brown) (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Music Store Clerk (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Patricia Hayes ... Teenager (uncredited)
Patricia Joiner ... Teresa Davis / Angela Vetto (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Intern (uncredited)
Karen Kester ... Angela as a Child (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Detective (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Louis Lettieri ... Louis Lazick (uncredited)
Edwin Max ... Sad Eyes - Undertaker (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... State Asylum Doctor (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Detective Frank (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Police Officer (uncredited)
George Meader ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Fire Chief (uncredited)
Jay Morley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Montgomery Pittman ... Intern (uncredited)
Barry Regan ... Intern (uncredited)
Dan Riss ... The Mayor (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Louis - Vetto's Barber (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Secretary (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Police Chauffeur (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... B.J. - Herman's Sidekick (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Passerby (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Fireman Finding Body (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bretaigne Windust 
Raoul Walsh (uncredited)
Writing credits
Martin Rackin (written by)

Produced by
Milton Sperling .... producer
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred Allen 
Art Direction by
Charles H. Clarke 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl  (as William Kuehl)
Makeup Department
Vera Peterson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
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Additional Details

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87 min | 85 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:(Banned) | France:-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) (passed with cuts) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 (re-rating) | Sweden:(Banned) (1951-1960) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2006) | UK:X (original rating) (1951) (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #14747) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
James Malloy:They made me kill my girl!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Bullets Over Hollywood (2005) (TV)See more »
Kiss Me SweetSee more »


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Racket That Pays Best, 26 October 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although the star of the film in terms of first billed in The Enforcer is Humphrey Bogart, the film's main character is Ted DeCorsia in what is probably his best screen performance.

Taking a lot of inspiration from Citizen Kane, District Attorney Humphrey Bogart and his two police investigators, Roy Roberts and King Donovan try and piece back together a case against Everette Sloane who has started a new racket, murder for profit. The chief witness is Ted DeCorsia who after an attempt on his life, falls to his death while trying to escape from a window.

After DeCorsia's demise the night before the trial was to commence, Bogart and Sloane start listening to hours of tape from several witnesses to see if they can salvage the case. Like Charles Foster Kane's life, the story of the racket is told in flashback through the tapes.

DeCorsia is the main character because all roads lead to him as the number two guy, but only he can finger Sloane. DeCorsia is seen as the frightened witness and also as the tough racketeer. It's almost two characters in the same film, but DeCorsia delivers on both.

Everette Sloane is one chillingly evil villain. He's decided to sell the services of killers to those who need them. To other racketeers and to outsiders as well. No motive, the police can't track down the ] perpetrators. The words of this racket, like 'contract' and 'hit' are all familiar terms now, but then it was something fairly new.

Bogart's function is like the reporter{s} who pieced together the life of Charles Foster Kane. It's essentially passive, he's one of the few people whoever played a District Attorney in films who never got a courtroom scene. But in the end, frantically trying to find and protect a crucial witness, he becomes quite proactive to say the least.

Of course this is all borrowed from the stories about Murder, Inc. and it was familiar to the movie going public. But The Enforcer is a really taut crime drama that never lets your interest flag.

It's so good that I can almost forgive a major plot flaw. Through some gross stupidity on Bogart's part, Sloane realizes there's a witness out there who can nail him and he takes appropriate steps. I can't see in real life how that could have happened.

Still The Enforcer is a personal favorite of mine for Humphrey Bogart films and I think you'll like it too although when you see it you will see what Bogey did that almost blew the whole case.

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