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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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Promising police procedural soon grows lukewarm, 23 July 2003
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Vice Squad starts off like a sip of espresso: dark, strong, with a scorched aftertaste. But soon it grows lukewarm. It had the makings of a solid ‘50s crime drama but dilutes them with quirky human-interest vignettes that bear no relation to the central story. Less film noir than a dutiful police procedural, it looks like an attempt to reprise the more intense Detective Story of two years earlier.

Still, it's not a bad movie, if humdrum, centering on the killing of a cop by two members (Ed Binns, Lee Van Cleef) of a gang planning a bank job. All the plot strands lead to Chief of Detectives Edward G. Robinson (did anyone ever enunciate English more precisely?). Among them are witness Porter Hall, reluctant to get involved because he was seeing his mistress (Joan Vohs); his big-shot, big-mouthed attorney, Barry Kelley; ritzy madam Paulette Goddard, deputized to pick up information from clients she and her girls `escort;' reluctant stoolie Jay Adler; and gang member Adam Williams, who's losing the nerve to go through with the heist. Populating the more remote subplots are Percy Helton, who thinks he's pursued by `television shadows' and a phony Italian `Count' pulled in for marriage bunco. The bank job comes off, but not quite as planned, as plainclothes police are planted on the scene. But Binns and Van Cleef manage to nab a hostage....

The busy plot advances clearly enough (despite some lapses in continuity: The mistress' name is `Vicki' in an address book but `Vickie' on her mailbox). The most arresting part of Vice Squad are the scams, subterfuges and outright blackmail the police use to pressure witnesses to talk. They're presented not as expedient short-cuts to find a policeman's murderers but as routine – business as usual. In that regard it reflects the super-patriotic climate of America during the Red-Scare years, though there's not a Communist in the movie, let alone any suggestion that officers of the law may be overstepping their bounds.

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