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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:
Joey Collins
Eadie Collins
Henry Morgan ...
Burton Turkus
Abe Reles
David J. Stewart ...
Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
Det. Sgt. William Tobin
Walter Sage
Eli Mintz ...
Joe Rosen
Joseph Bernard ...
Mendy Weiss
Warren Finnerty ...
Bug Workman
Helen Waters ...
Mrs. Corsi
Leon B. Stevens ...
Howard Smith ...
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 <>

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The Super-Corporation of Crime!


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Release Date:

14 October 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Nattens vargar  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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| (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~10.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.1 seconds. See more »


Several times throughout the movie, the filmmakers apparently forgot that the setting of the drama was the 1930's (and early 1940's). From haircuts and clothing styles to the 1950's era hoodlums that Simon Oakland's character tangles with Rose's place, there are countless mistakes which reveal when the film was shot (vs. when the drama was supposed to take place). See more »


Abe "Kid Twist" Reles: I'm gonna tell you something about women. I never met one that didn't need a rap in the head, and often.
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Referenced in The Notorious Landlady (1962) See more »


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Written by George David Weiss (as George Weiss)
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Serviceable Crime Movie with Falk a Standout
4 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How much truth there is in this "true story" with "real people" is a question best left to historians of organized crime. The subplot of Stuart Whitman ("Joey") and May Britt ("Eadie") as a loving couple caught up in nasty doings certainly seems like the stuff of fiction. In any case, this is a low-budget "B" picture with limited resources for portraying the 1930s setting and documenting the historical events with authentic detail.

The one extraordinary element in the movie is the performance by Peter Falk as a contract killer. He is not only completely believable in the role but downright original, giving us a character who is merciless and vicious yet quick to take offense if anyone finds this objectionable. He can sound plaintively sincere even as we quickly come to see that he is incapable of sincerity. He has a host of minor quirks and tics that are fun to watch.

Face it, evil can be fascinating and even attractive, in a disturbing way. Another example in this movie is the portrayal of crime kingpin Louis "Lepke" Bucholter by David J. Stewart. While certainly not achieving the high level of Falk's performance, Stewart shows real style as the milk-drinking mobster.

There is one other bonus in this film: Sarah Vaughan, looking young and pretty, sings a nice song with that inimitable voice.

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