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Underworld U.S.A. -- Having recognized one of the four men he watched kill his father, twelve-year-old Tolly Devlin swears he'll get revenge, much to the distress of his family friend and fellow witness, Sandy (Beatrice Kay).  While in jail as an adult, Tolly (Cliff Robertson) spots the killer, Vic Farrar, and forces him to name his three accomplices - Gela, a drug boss, labor racketeer Gunther, and Smith, the head..


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Release Date:
13 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Action and intensity make up for some second rate aspects... See more (22 total) »


  (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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Final film of Tom London.See more »
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 »
The Anniversary WaltzSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Action and intensity make up for some second rate aspects..., 4 August 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

Sam Fuller's movies have an edgy, reckless quality to them, as if lacking propriety. Which is good. What Underworld U.S.A. lacks in subtlety it makes up for in surprise and a kind of sultry sizzle, something very different than more usual "romance" that other crime and noir movies have. There is some second rate acting throughout, but if you accept some of this as "style" and go with the flow, it's click along nicely. In fact, the lack of star power makes the film a hair more everyday, and therefor a hair more realistic in a good way. And the lead male going solo through much of it is first rate, Cliff Robertson.

Not that this is actually believable--it feels contrived all the way--but it has a modern interpersonal selfishness and sometimes cruelty that is fun to watch. The plot? Great enough. But the searing looks, the slaps, the brooding closeups. This is movie-making! Certainly an influence on Tarantino.

As a black and white crime film with a slightly low budget feel, this naturally comes labelled as a film noir. And there are some similarities. But it's also a crime drama, more directly, and it explores (and exploits) the violence of cops and robbers circa 1960. There a lot of unsavory types involved, and some crisp filming. If you like other Sam Fuller films, you'll like this one.

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