MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 76,689 this week

The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  June 1958 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 106 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 5 critic

When a reporter claims that New York police are on the take letting the mob run its horse parlors at will, a shocked District Attorney Michael Norris decide to do something about it. Not ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screen story), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1621 titles
created 02 Jun 2012
 
a list of 848 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
 
a list of 120 titles
created 20 Jun 2013
 
a list of 4312 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)

The Case Against Brooklyn (1958) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Case Against Brooklyn.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A biplane pilot is saddled with a spoiled industrialist's daughter on a search for her missing father through Asia that eventually involves them in a struggle against a Chinese warlord.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Tom Selleck, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston
The Burglar (1957)
Film-Noir | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three teenagers, led by psychopathic Jess Reber, break into an isolated farmhouse and murder its prosperous owner whose secretary, Linda Atlas, witnesses the crime. The three thugs decide ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher
Stars: Philip Carey, Betty Garrett, John Drew Barrymore
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Alcoholic lawyer sobers up to defend friend in murder case.

Director: Seymour Friedman
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Jane Wyatt, Carl Benton Reid
Cop Hater (1958)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The hardworking detectives of the 87th Precinct in an unnamed city during a massive heat wave investigate the seemingly random murders of policemen.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Robert Loggia, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Ellen Parker
The Enforcer (1951)
Drama | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.

Directors: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham
The Lineup (1958)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel
Certificate: GP Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles
Carnival Rock (1957)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Christy runs a rock and roll nightclub on a carnival pier with his righ-hand-man Benny. Christy has a crush on the club's star, Natalie Cook, but she has eyes for Stanley, a local business ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Susan Cabot, Brian G. Hutton, David J. Stewart
Sol Madrid (1968)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Government agent Sol Madrid travels to Mexico with hooker Stacey to bring mobster Villanova and drug kingpin Dietrich to justice.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: David McCallum, Stella Stevens, Telly Savalas
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Government agent tries to trick a suspect into returning to Germany, the scene of his crimes.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Pete Harris
Margaret Hayes ...
Lil Polombo nee Alexander (as Maggie Hayes)
...
Rudi Franklin
...
Mrs. Jane Harris
Tol Avery ...
Dist. Atty. Michael W. Norris
Emile Meyer ...
Police Capt. T.W. Wills
Nestor Paiva ...
Finelli
Brian G. Hutton ...
Jess Johnson (as Brian Hutton)
Robert Osterloh ...
Det. Sgt. Bonney
...
Henchman Monte
Bobby Helms ...
Himself - Vocalist
Edit

Storyline

When a reporter claims that New York police are on the take letting the mob run its horse parlors at will, a shocked District Attorney Michael Norris decide to do something about it. Not knowing who can be trusted on the force, he turns to recent police academy graduates to go undercover and find the corrupt cops. Among them is Pete Harris, a 10 year Marine Corps veteran. His focus is on Lil Polumbo, recently widowed after her husband Gus' truck ran off the road. Rumor has it that Gus was heavily in debt to the mob and killed himself so his wife could collect on his insurance. When the mob learns that Harris is a cop, they try to kill him but it doesn't go as planned and kills someone close to him instead. Pete decides to get the killers at any cost. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Is This Cop for Sale? For $500 - Under the Table!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

June 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asphaltgeier  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Raymond T. Marcus" is listed as the writer for this film, but that was an alias used by Bernard Gordon. Gordon co-wrote this movie with 'Julian Zimet' (qav). Since the two blacklisted during the McCarthy-era "Red Scare", their real names could not be used. See more »

Soundtracks

Jacqueline
Music by Mort Garson
Lyrics by Bob Hilliard
Sung by Bobby Helms
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rookie Of The Year
13 May 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A real scandal involving several NYPD police officers stationed in Brooklyn was the basis for this crime and corruption story that became the plot for The Case Against Brooklyn.

Cops are being paid off at an alarming rate to close their eyes and look the other way as illegal betting parlors open up for business all over the Borough of homes and churches. The District Attorney in Kings County who at that time in real life was a man named Edward Silver is determined to do something about it. In the film the character's name is Michael Norris and he's played by Tol Avery.

What Avery's decided to do is literally hijack the whole graduating class at the Academy and have them work for him undercover. One of them, Darren McGavin is sent undercover to romance the recent widow of Joe DeSantis who committed suicide so his double indemnity clause could pay off Nestor Paiva the bookie who's sent some of his enforcers around to collect. As McGavin romances Margaret Hayes that certainly puts a strain on his marriage to Peggy McCay.

And the triangle becomes four sided as Warren Stevens who does a bit of everything for Paiva, muscle, bagman, and even hit-man also starts courting Hayes to see what could spill to the cops, if she can find some that she can trust.

Best performances in the film by far are from DeSantis and Hayes. As the victim you can feel things closing in for DeSantis as he makes that final gesture for his wife's solvency. And Hayes you can feel sorry for the fact she's being used by both sides.

How it all ends, let me say that the climax takes a leaf from the Fritz Lang noir classic The Big Heat and if you know that film, you know about 80% of how the story will come out.

McGavin himself is a ruthless sort looking to prove himself, knowing that a good job here will cement his reputation. In real life it would have gained him a long career in Internal Affairs.

A year after the Dodgers left Brooklyn, The Case Against Brooklyn is a fine noir drama based on a real incident in the beloved former home of the Bums.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Case Against Brooklyn HAMMERTHROW
What morons!!! Hukkk
Zenith remote control TV dutch100
Discuss The Case Against Brooklyn (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?