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Director:
Writer:
Samuel Fuller (written by)
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Release Date:
13 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A Sensational Film That Puts the Finger On Today's Biggest Business... Crime! See more »
Plot:
Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers... See more » | Full synopsis »
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(6 articles)
User Reviews:
Raw and Ruthless Samuel Fuller Masterpiece See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cliff Robertson ... Tolly Devlin
Dolores Dorn ... Cuddles
Beatrice Kay ... Sandy
Paul Dubov ... Gela
Robert Emhardt ... Earl Connors
Larry Gates ... John Driscoll
Richard Rust ... Gus Cottahee
Gerald Milton ... Gunther
Allan Gruener ... Smith
David Kent ... Tolly - Aged 14
Tina Pine ... Woman (as Tina Rome)
Sally Mills ... Connie Fowler
Robert P. Lieb ... Officer
Neyle Morrow ... Barney
Henry Norell ... Prison Dr. Meredeth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Aaronson ... Boy (uncredited)
James Bacon ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Vic Farrar (uncredited)
Donald Douglas ... Man (uncredited)
David Fresco ... Convict (uncredited)
Samuel Fuller ... Himself - Trailer Host (uncredited)
Donald Gamble ... Boy (uncredited)
Bernie Hamilton ... Investigator (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... Drunk (uncredited)
Tom London ... Drunk (uncredited)
Jerry Mann ... Cashier (uncredited)
William Meader ... Connors' Associate (uncredited)
Joni Beth Morris ... Jenny Menkin (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Connors' Associate (uncredited)
Rickie Sorensen ... Harry (uncredited)
Charles Sterrett ... Investigator (uncredited)
Audrey Swanson ... Mrs. Menkin (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
 
Writing credits
Samuel Fuller (written by)

Joseph Dineen  Saturday Evening Post articles (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Fuller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Sukman 
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
 
Set Decoration by
William F. Calvert  (as Bill Calvert)
 
Costume Design by
Bernice Pontrelli 
 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... recording supervisor
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
 
Crew believed to be complete


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99 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Finnish censorship visa # 58211 delivered on 14-6-1974.See more »
Quotes:
Sandy:Why don't you take a good look at yourself. What do you see? A doctor? A scientist? A businessman? You see a scar-faced ex-con. A two-bit safecracker. A petty thief who don't know when he really made the big time. Where do you come off to blast her? No matter what she's been...See more »
Soundtrack:
The Anniversary WaltzSee more »

FAQ

Gun Used by Robertson---Did Cagney & Bogart Use the Same Gun?
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Raw and Ruthless Samuel Fuller Masterpiece, 3 August 2002
Author: HughBennie-777 from Italy

From its brisk opening, this dark and seamy underworld drama moves like a well-oiled machine, laying out and glorifying Cliff Robertson's revenge tactics to punish the men who killed his father.

Not unlike John Boorman's "Point Blank" which also featured an almost cyborg-natured Lee Marvin punishing the bigshot criminal overlords who did him wrong, here the pursuit is more humanized but suffers no slack as Robertson gives an extraordinary performance.

With a glinty-eyed, crooked smile and a gleeful look which seems to creep into his face as he torments his victims, Robertson suggests a little of Mel Gibson's instability in the first "Lethal Weapon", but without the looniness. His more understated moments are not only very realistic, but are the epitome of cool. Robertson can definitely smoke cigarettes better than anybody.

Fuller's direction is taut, featuring plenty of creative cinematography and a lot of sequences which are far more ahead of their time than the majority of crime films being made around 1961. As always, Fuller manages to tell his story with both hysteria and pathos. This is definitely a must-see for fans of Don Siegel's work or the crime films of Phil Karlson and Anthony Mann. "Underworld USA" could very well share a double bill with John Flynn's "The Outfit" as well. Superb stuff.

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