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Murder, Inc. (1960)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joey Collins
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Eadie Collins
Henry Morgan ...
Burton Turkus
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Abe Reles
David J. Stewart ...
Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
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Det. Sgt. William Tobin
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Singer
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Walter Sage
Eli Mintz ...
Joe Rosen
Joseph Bernard ...
Mendy Weiss
Warren Finnerty ...
Bug Workman
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Lazlo
Helen Waters ...
Mrs. Corsi
Leon B. Stevens ...
Loughran
Howard Smith ...
Albert Anastasia (as Howard I. Smith)
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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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The Super-Corporation of Crime!


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14 October 1960 (West Germany)  »

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Nattens vargar  »

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Average Shot Length = ~10.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.1 seconds. See more »

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During the credits, when Abe Reles' first victim is shown lying on the stairs dead after being shot, he is clearly breathing. See more »

Quotes

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 The Notorious Landlady (1962) See more »

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Highlight Is The Interesting Cast Led By Falk's Fantastic Screen Debut; Nice To See This In B&W CinemaScope, Too
9 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Those who comment that Peter Falk elevated this movie to a very interesting one are right on the money. Falk, in his first role on screen, definitely plays the most interesting character. Of course, anyone who is a deranged killer is likely to be the focus of viewers' attention. However, the actor still has to be convincing and Falk does a fine job here as "Abe Reles."

He's convincing!

What made this film fun for me was not only Falk, but seeing a few other faces I haven't seen in years, such as May Britt, Henry Morgan and Stuart Whitman. Having watched a few "Night Stalker" TV episodes, I was still very familiar with Simon Oakland. The above actors were all very good in here, as was the rest of the cast, except maybe David Stewart as head crime boss "Lepke." He was too bland for his role.

We even get a song from a young Sarah Vaughan and a comedy routine from Morey Amsterdam!

Falk is the undisputed star of the film but second-place, to me, went to Morgan, who was quietly fascinating as the cop "Turkus."

Another nice thing was the DVD which gives us the original widescreen transfer of the film. There aren't many black-and-white CinemaScope pictures available for us movie fans to see, so it was pleasure to view this.


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