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Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

Underworld, U.S.A. (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | March 1961 (USA)
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A teenager who witnesses the murder of his father vows to exact revenge on the four mobsters involved in the killing.


Samuel Fuller


Samuel Fuller





Complete credited cast:
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 Allan Gruener ... Smith
David Kent ... Tolly Devlin - Aged 14
Tina Pine Tina Pine ... Woman (as Tina Rome)
Sally Mills ... Connie Fowler
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... Police Chief Fowler
Neyle Morrow ... Barney
Henry Norell Henry Norell ... Dr. Meredith


A teenager who witnesses the murder of his father vows to exact revenge on the four mobsters involved in the killing.

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A Sensational Film That Puts the Finger On Today's Biggest Business... Crime! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Hanging on the wall in Driscoll's office is a certificate bearing the symbol of the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division - the unit that Samuel Fuller served in during World War II and depicted in The Big Red One (1980). The same type style for the infantry's numeral "1" is also featured in a reading campaign poster in front of National Accounts, the gangster headquarters building. The certificate is for the 16th Infantry Regiment in which Fuller was a corporal. See more »


The scar on Cuddles' face disappears and is never seen again in any of the following sequences. See more »


Police Chief Fowler: Connie, we've always leveled with each other. I'm washed up.
Connie Fowler: What are you talking about?
Police Chief Fowler: I've been on the take. I've been getting $5,000 a week for turning my back on dope trafficking and prostitution. I'm sorry, Connie. I haven't got the stomach to face your mother.
Connie Fowler: You'll have to. I'm not gonna tell her. I don't know what you did with all that money, but you're gonna have to tell her this yourself. Those lectures you gave the rookies every year. Telling them that the lowest crook in the world is...
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The Anniversary Waltz
Written by Dave Franklin and Al Dubin
Hummed by Mrs Farrar when Tolly visits her
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The Count Of The Underworld
16 September 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Anyone who doesn't realize that Sam Fuller used The Count Of Monte Cristo as his inspiration for Underworld USA has not read too much classical literature. Or seen any of the film adaptations of same. Nevertheless the imprint of Alexander Dumas's classic French novel is unmistakable.

Young David Kent suffers the loss of his father who was beaten to death at the hands of four thugs. Later on he takes up a life of crime and goes to jail. By now he's an adult and played by Cliff Robertson. One of the four thugs who murdered dad is dying in the prison hospital and confesses and names to Robertson his accomplices.

After that Robertson works as methodically as Edmond Dantes now the Count Of Monte Cristo working his way into the confidences of the mob bosses who were back in the day the same thugs who killed his old man. He makes a lot of alliances of convenience, one being a hooker played by Dolores Dorn, another being a special federal prosecutor played by Larry Gates.

Robertson is fine as the old style kind of hoodlum that would have found a home in the Warner Brothers gangster flicks of the Thirties. However for my book Dolores Dorn got her career role in Underworld USA. She registers as both tough and fragile at the same time and she does bring out the humanity in Robertson.

As for how it ends, don't think of The Count Of Monte Crist, rather if you've seen the great James Cagney/Humphrey Bogart film The Roaring Twenties than you know how Underworld USA ends.

Sam Fuller did a great job with his cast and Underworld USA is a classic noir/gangster thriller not to be missed.

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Release Date:

March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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