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Director:
Writers:
Georges Simenon (story)
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
September 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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Three hunted men and their desperate women...
Plot:
A retired mob accountant is drawn back in when his brothers, who have recently made a hit for the organization, decide to go to the authorities. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Takes The Word On Face Value See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Conte ... Eddie Rico
Dianne Foster ... Alice Rico

Kathryn Grant ... Norah Malaks Rico
Larry Gates ... Sid Kubik

James Darren ... Johnny Rico

Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Rico
Lamont Johnson ... Peter Malaks
Harry Bellaver ... Mike Lamotta

Paul Picerni ... Gino Rico
Paul Dubov ... Phil
Rudy Bond ... Charlie Gonzales
Richard Bakalyan ... Vic Tucci
William Phipps ... Joe Wesson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mimi Aguglia ... Julia Rico (uncredited)
Bonnie Bolding ... Stewardess (uncredited)

Nesdon Booth ... Burly Man (uncredited)
Marvin Bryan ... Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Pete Selsun - Dude Cowboy (uncredited)
Dean Cromer ... Marco Felici (uncredited)

Patricia Donahue ... Miss Van Ness (uncredited)
Darren Dublin ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Nellie (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Second Cab Driver (uncredited)
Mimi Gibson ... Mary Felici (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Bank Customer (uncredited)
Pepe Hern ... Bank Officer / Henchman (uncredited)
Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Additional Character (voice) (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Passerby (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Estelle Lawrence ... Counter Girl (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... El Camino Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Jean (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ... Bank Official (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Pizza Maker (uncredited)
Maggie O'Byrne ... Mrs. Maggie Felici (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... First Cab Driver (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... Bellboy (uncredited)
James Waters ... Carl - Laundry Truck Driver (uncredited)
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Directed by
Phil Karlson 
 
Writing credits
Georges Simenon (story)

Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) and
Ben Perry (screenplay)

Dalton Trumbo  uncredited

Produced by
William Goetz .... producer
Lewis J. Rachmil .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director (as Jack Berne)
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound
John P. Livadary .... sound
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
 

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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Trivia:
Mimi Aguglia, who plays Argentina Brunetti's mother, really is her mother.See more »
Quotes:
Vic Tucci:[Looking at the back seat where Jean and Eddie are sitting] Jean's a real good sport - right, sweetheart?
Jean:[She giggles] Why don't you let him find out for himself?
Eddie Rico:[He smiles] You can do better, honey. I'm a married man.
Jean:Oh, but they're the best kind... no?
Eddie Rico:Maybe some other time, eh?
Jean:[She smiles] That's a definite date, doll!
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Version of Bratya Riko (1980) (TV)See more »
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Let's Fall in LoveSee more »

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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Takes The Word On Face Value, 25 September 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Towards the end of the noir cycle director Phil Karlsen came up with a really good crime drama about three brothers all involved to a greater and lesser degree with organized crime. The oldest, Richard Conte, was at one time the syndicate accountant. But he's retired now, running a laundry the boys have set him up with. His biggest problem now is that he and wife Dianne Foster are trying to adopt a child.

But brothers Paul Picerni and James Darren are still very much involved and at the dirty end of it. Picerni's a contract killer who just made a major hit and Darren drove the car. Darren's gotten married and disappeared and the syndicate heads are worried he'll turn state's evidence. His brother-in-law Lamont Johnson's already been to the District Attorney.

Conte has faith and trusts in the big boss Larry Gates who's been close to the whole family Rico, including their mother Argentina Brunetti who took a bullet meant for Gates way back when. So when Gates tells him to find Darren, Conte takes it on face value.

Of course it's all not that simple and it becomes a tragedy for The Brothers Rico all around.

The Brothers Rico made in the Fifties as it was could have been an anti-Communist film. The syndicate seems to be really well organized, from Little Italy in New York, to Phoenix Arizona, to Miami, Florida, they've got Conte's movements all tracked. Karlson really builds the tension up as Conte seems to keep running into old acquaintances, but just keeps going on trust.

Larry Gates who usually plays upright moral types on screen has that persona work for him as the syndicate boss who's just pulling the strings from coast to coast. His is the best performance in the film, followed closely by Harry Bellaver an amiable underboss in Phoenix who's just following orders.

Kathryn Grant is in this film as Darren's bride. This year that The Brothers Rico came out, she became Mrs. Bing Crosby. She'd keep working a few more years, but after that retired to raise the Old Groaner's second family. She registers well in her role as a pregnant bride in love.

The Brothers Rico is a gripping noir film, not one for the paranoid minded among us.

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