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Writers:
Lawrence Roman (screenplay)
Leslie T. White (novel)
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Release Date:
31 July 1953 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Bring in that Rat ... he's a cop killer !!! See more »
Plot:
When a police officer is shot arresting a car thief, Captain Barnaby uses his skills and contacts to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Edward G. Robinson ... Capt. 'Barnie' Barnaby

Paulette Goddard ... Mona Ross
K.T. Stevens ... Ginny
Porter Hall ... Jack Hartrampf

Adam Williams ... Marty Kusalich

Edward Binns ... Al Barkis
Barry Kelley ... Dwight Foreman
Jay Adler ... Frankie Pierce
Harlan Warde ... Det. Lacey
Mary Ellen Kay ... Carol Lawson

Lee Van Cleef ... Pete Monte
Lewis Martin ... Police Lt. Ed Chisolm
Joan Vohs ... Vickie Webb
Dan Riss ... Lt. Bob Imlay
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Cop (uncredited)
William Boyett ... Officer Kellogg (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Fred (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Lt. Cade (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Fred (uncredited)
Russ Conway ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Fitz (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Vault Teller (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Mr. Lawson (uncredited)
Gil Frye ... Cop (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Mr. Jenner (uncredited)
Byron Kane ... Prof. Bruno Varney (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Lou (uncredited)
Mickey Knox ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Detective in Lineup and Bank (uncredited)

Harry Lewis ... Arresting Detective (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Vickie's Apartment Manager (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... Mr. Moore (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Detective in Lineup Room (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Dutch (uncredited)
John Verros ... Count Alfredo Giovanni de Montova (uncredited)
Christine White ... Miss Easton (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Mr. Schaefer (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Man in Lineup (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Dave (uncredited)

Directed by
Arnold Laven 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Roman (screenplay)

Leslie T. White (novel "Harness Bull")

Produced by
Arthur Gardner .... producer
Jules V. Levy .... producer
Sol Lesser .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc 
 
Film Editing by
Arthur H. Nadel 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
 
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch  (as Norma)
 
Makeup Department
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (as Gustaf M. Norin)
Lillian Shore .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
 
Music Department
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... musical director
Joseph Mullendore .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Pat Fielder .... production assistant
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (as Leslie Martinson)
Al Teitelbaum .... furrier
Harlan Warde .... dialogue director
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Edw. G. Robinson in low-budget but tightly knit tale..., 27 March 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

EDWARD G. ROBINSON viewed this period in the early '50s as his B-film era, but VICE SQUAD is an efficient, if low-budget product that gives him a chance to show his stuff in a story about the day to day activities of a police precinct in '50s L.A. PAULETTE GODDARD gets top female billing in what is essentially a cameo role as her career was obviously in decline at this point. She's sassy and brittle as the head of an escort club who agrees to cooperate with Robinson's police investigation.

Robinson is seen adroitly handling a number of sticky situations, including the death of a policeman and the reluctance of a witness to talk; the discovery that a bank heist is about to take place; and the effect of the cop killing on a gang of car thieves. It's interesting to catch an early glimpse of LEE VAN CLEEF as one of the car thieves.

There's a film noir look to Joseph Biroc's first rate B&W photography with excellent use of light and shadows and it's directed in brisk style by Arnold Laven. All of the intertwined stories are smoothly coordinated but the tension doesn't start building until about forty-five minutes into the bank heist sequence.

Actually the police tactics shown are pretty underhanded, so it's not exactly a flattering portrait of police procedures--but they do seem credible.

Packs just as much suspense as another crime melodrama with a New York locale--THE NAKED CITY. The shots of L.A. in the early '50s establish atmosphere from the start. Well worth viewing.

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