An executive mortgages all he owns to stage a coup and gain control of the National Shoe Company, with the intent of keeping the company out of the hands of incompetent and greedy executives. He needs the same money, though, to pay the ransom that will possibly save a child's life. His resolution of that dilemma -- the certain loss of the company vs. the probable loss of the child -- makes for one distinct drama, and an ensuing elaborate police procedure makes for a second. Written by
26 November 1963 (USA)
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The original ending of Ed McBain's novel shows King Gondo with his recovered money buying out his stock deal and taking over National Shoes; a much different ending than Kurosawa envisioned and eventually filmed. See more
Chief Detective Tokura
That Gondo is all right.
Chief Detective 'Bos'n' Taguchi
Usually I waste no love on the rich. I didn't like him at first.
Referenced in Bayside Shakedown
It's Now or Never
from "O Sole Mio" by Eduardo Di Capua
and Alfredo Mazzucchi
Adapted by Wally Gold
and Aaron Schröder See more