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Paul Monash (written by) and
W.R. Burnett (written by)
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Release Date:
18 August 1961 (West Germany) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jack Warden ... Matt Gower (archive footage)

Vera Miles ... Angela Walsh (archive footage)
Robert Douglas ... Allen Bardeman (archive footage)
Arch Johnson ... Gus Honochek (archive footage)
Douglas Odney ... Frank Orte (archive footage)

Ken Lynch ... Ed Rackin (archive footage)
Robert Bailey ... Sam Henry (archive footage)
Mary Lawrence ... Marian Gower (archive footage)
James Seay ... Mayor Harold Emshaw (archive footage)
Marianne Stewart ... Rose Wardell (archive footage)
Jay Adler ... Abe Hirsch (archive footage)
John Zaremba ... Sgt. John Ervine (archive footage)

David White ... Commissioner James Deane (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Noreen Corcoran ... Evelyn Gower (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert H. Harris ... Joe Selkin (archive footage) (uncredited)

Don C. Harvey ... Bit Policeman (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Detective / Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eddie Marr ... Bit Reporter (archive footage) (uncredited)

William Smith ... Guy on Street (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Extra at Bus Station (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman 
Writing credits
Paul Monash (written by) and
W.R. Burnett (written by)

Produced by
Jaime Del Valle .... producer (as Jamie del Valle)
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca  (as Nick Musuraca)
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis 
Herbert W. Wrench 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Gabriel Scognamillo 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Robert Priestley (set decorations)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Edited from an episode of the television series "The Asphalt Jungle" (1961), which ran on ABC from 2 April 1961 to 24 September 1961.See more »
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Edited from "The Asphalt Jungle" (1961)See more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A very rare and interesting gem, 24 August 2008

What a pleasure for me to find this film noir. A very rare one. I did not even know it existed. And directed by Joseph Newman. It reminds me his Human Jungle, shot several years earlier. The picture about gangsters and corrupted politicians in a big city, and the struggle between them and a bunch of hardboiled and honest, untouchable, police officers.

This story, written by the great WR Burnett, the author of "Asphalt Jungle", is interesting because it focuses as much on the "bad" ones as on the "good" ones. It shows how the system goes, in the underworld. The shooting looks like TV production from this era, for instance camera zooms. But it's OK.It suits well to this story.

Vera Miles and Jack Warden add much to this - I repeat - very rare and interesting film noir. An unknown one from director Joseph Newman.

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