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Lawrence Roman (screenplay)
Leslie T. White (novel)
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Release Date:
31 July 1953 (USA) See more »
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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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 Monty
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)
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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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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Cop And The Madam, 27 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Vice Squad takes a documentary style approach to a single day in a police captain's life and what he might encounter.

Of course the murder of a police officer doesn't ever qualify as an ordinary day, but even on those days when an entire force is mobilized looking for a cop killer, still more mundane matters intervene.

Edward G. Robinson was in his B film period which is roughly between All My Sons and The Ten Commandments. Still Robinson always brought a certain class to the films he was doing and Vice Squad is no exception.

Second billed in the cast is Paulette Goddard who is a madam at a bordello. She was on a blacklist of sorts herself at the time, not for politics, but because she had antagonized the powerful Cecil B. DeMille during the shooting of The Unconquered. Her career was winding down, but she would be marrying Erich Maria Remarque and be leaving the screen shortly for Switzerland.

Goddard and Robinson have a nice bond between them. It's obvious he lets her operate because she can be most valuable as a snitch in a pinch. In fact she does come through with some information that starts the case being cracked.

Funny though, ten years earlier Robinson and Goddard as co-stars would have commanded an A list budget, even five years earlier. Hollywood could be very fickle at times.

Still for a B police drama, Vice Squad has an impressive cast list of quality players. Best in the film is Porter Hall, a two timing funeral director who Robinson knows saw something, but won't crack because he was spending a night with his girlfriend instead of being out of town as he told his wife. How they manage to keep him 'in the system' so to speak is really quite ingenious much to the exasperation of his lawyer, Barry Kelley who runs a close second to Hall.

Mixed in with the hunt for a cop killer are more routine matters like exposing a phony Italian count, dealing with Percy Helton's imaginary crimes and a TV interview for publicity's sake. All in the life of a Vice Squad captain.

Fans of Edward G. Robinson and Paulette Goddard will like what they see and Vice Squad is a nice tightly scripted and edited police drama.

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