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Murder, Inc. (1960)

The rise and fall of a 1930's Brooklyn crime syndicate, known as Murder Incorporated, led by mobster Lepke Buchalter.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Collins
Eadie Collins
Burton Turkus
Abe Reles
David J. Stewart ...
Det. Sgt. William Tobin
Walter Sage
Joe Rosen
Joseph Bernard ...
Mendy Weiss
Warren Finnerty ...
Bug Workman
Helen Waters ...
Mrs. Corsi
Leon B. Stevens ...
Albert Anastasia (as Howard I. Smith)


Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus, this movie chronicles the rise and fall of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated. Focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hitman Reles. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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From the Bullet-Riddled Pages of the Best Seller Comes the True Story! See more »


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Release Date:

14 October 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinato S.A.  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


An even more fictionalized version of the same events and time period, and told from the point of view of the prosecuting attorney, the 1951 film, The Enforcer (1951), starred Humphrey Bogart and Zero Mostel, was released in the U.K. under the title Murder, Inc. See more »


When Joey and Abe are being kept under wraps by the police in a hotel awaiting their trial, the camera shows the exterior window of Joey's room first (on the left) then pans right to show the exterior of Abe's room (to the right of Joey's). Shortly thereafter, when Turkus walks down the hall from Abe's room to Joey's room, it becomes apparent that the configuration is just the opposite. As the drama transpires, it's confirmed that Abe's room was indeed the one on the left. See more »


Joey Collins: [to Reles, after he is arrested for murdering Eadie] I'm gonna watch you fry! I'm gonna watch you fry! I'm gonna watch you fry!
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Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 19 July 1961 (1961) See more »


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Peter Falk's debut
14 July 2004 | by (Columbia, South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

Thank God for Turner Classic Movies for digging up obscure stuff like this, not available on video or DVD, that would otherwise disappear. Not that it's that great a movie; it isn't. There are much better gangster films. However, it is notable for two things: it is Peter Falk's debut film, and it names names, something most gangster films before and after didn't do, unless the film was set well into the past. Of course, all the gangsters whose names are given are conveniently dead: Abe Reles, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, and Albert Anastasia. A notable omission is Meyer Lansky, who was alive at the time and thus could have sued for libel. But a pretty good overview of organized crime in the 30s and 40s. Albert Anastasia, by the way, was the real life model for Johnny Friendly, played by Lee J. Cobb, in "On the Waterfront." He was gunned down in a barber's chair while he was getting a haircut in a New York hotel barbershop in 1957. 8/10

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