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The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)

 |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  June 1958 (USA)
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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 »



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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 ...
Brian G. Hutton ...
Jess Johnson (as Brian Hutton)
Robert Osterloh ...
Det. Sgt. Bonney
Henchman Monte
Bobby Helms ...
Himself - Vocalist


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

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


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June 1958 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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"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. Since the two blacklisted during the McCarthy-era "Red Scare", their real names could not be used. See more »


Music by Mort Garson
Lyrics by Bob Hilliard
Sung by Bobby Helms
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dry cop drama
15 July 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Only the second film that Paul Wendkos directed, the "Case Against Brooklyn" is a look inside the New York police department. The lead, Officer Pete Harris (Darren McGavin ) must separate the good guys from the bad guys without getting knocked off himself. McGavin had been in films and numerous TV appearances for 10 years, along with co-stars Margaret Hayes, Peggy McCay, and Warren Stevens. It's a bit like an episode of Dragnet - there's an omniscient narrator giving us the play by play. At one point, there's a singer in a lounge, Bobby Helms, who sings "Jacqueline", in a complete standstill, deadpan manner as he leans against the jukebox. The real interesting note here is that he was also the co-writer on "Jingle Bell Rock"... too bad he didn't sing that one. The character here with real personality has about the smallest role - the landlady Mrs. Carney, played by Cheerio Meredith, is eccentric, nosy, and likes to give advice. You probably recognize her as the gossipy "Emma Watson" from the Andy Griffith show. I was determined to watch this through to the end, but it's as dry as a piece of toast with no buttah.

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