The Enforcer ()

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A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.


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Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson
Big Babe Lazick
Joseph Rico (as Ted De Corsia)
Albert Mendoza
Capt. Frank Nelson
James (Duke) Malloy (as Lawrence Tolan)
Sgt. Whitlow
Herman (as Robert Steele)
Adelaide Klein ...
Olga Kirshen
Thomas O'Hara
Tony Vetto
Philadelphia Tom Zaca
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bartell ...
Police Records Clerk (uncredited)
Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Helen Brown ...
Landlady (uncredited)
Benny Burt ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Nina Lombardo (uncredited)
Police Lab Chemist (uncredited)
Digger (uncredited)
Police Detective in Lab (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Sgt. James Dolan (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ...
Jail Keeper (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ...
Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Alan Foster ...
Shorty Schultz (uncredited)
Police Chemist (uncredited)
Mrs. Lazich (uncredited)
Eula Guy ...
Landlady - replaced by Helen Brown (uncredited)
Music Store Clerk (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Patricia Hayes ...
Teenager (uncredited)
Patricia Joiner ...
Teresa Davis / Angela Vetto (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ...
Intern (uncredited)
Detective at Precinct House (uncredited)
Karen Kester ...
Angela as a Child (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Detective (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Louis Lettieri ...
Louis Lazick (uncredited)
Sad Eyes - Undertaker (uncredited)
State Asylum Doctor (uncredited)
Detective Frank (uncredited)
Police Officer (uncredited)
George Meader ...
Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Fire Chief (uncredited)
Jay Morley ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Police Detective (uncredited)
Passerby on Street (uncredited)
Montgomery Pittman ...
Intern (uncredited)
Barry Regan ...
Intern (uncredited)
The Mayor (uncredited)
Louis - Vetto's Barber (uncredited)
Robert Strong ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
Police Chauffeur (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ...
Gangster (uncredited)
B.J. - Herman's Sidekick (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ...
Passerby (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ...
Fireman Finding Body (uncredited)

Directed by

Bretaigne Windust
Raoul Walsh ... (uncredited)

Written by

Martin Rackin ... (written by)

Produced by

Milton Sperling ... producer

Music by

David Buttolph

Cinematography by

Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Fred Allen

Art Direction by

Charles H. Clarke

Set Decoration by

William L. Kuehl ... (as William Kuehl)

Makeup Department

Vera Peterson ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Chuck Hansen ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Dolph Thomas ... sound

Music Department

Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
George Garabedian ... music producer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

After years of pursuit, Assistant D.A. Martin Ferguson has a good case against Murder, Inc. boss Albert Mendoza. Mendoza is in jail and his lieutenant Joseph Rico is going to testify. But Rico falls to his death and Ferguson must work through the night going over everything to build the case anew. Written by Ed Stephan

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Taglines "If you're smart you'll come down - if you're dumb you'll be dead..." (one-sheet poster) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Murder, Inc. (United Kingdom)
  • La femme à abattre (France)
  • Der Tiger (Germany)
  • Sin conciencia (Spain)
  • Executantul (Romania)
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  • 87 min
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Budget $1,109,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia After several days of filming, director Bretaigne Windust fell seriously ill and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Humphrey Bogart asked his old friend, director Raoul Walsh, to come in and shoot the picture until Windust recovered. Unfortunately, Windust was more seriously ill than most realized, and his recovery took several months, during which Walsh finished the film. However, Walsh refused to take screen credit for it, saying that the picture was Windust's big break and he wasn't going to take it away from him. See more »
Goofs When Rico gets in his car at the hideout on his way to fulfill a "contract" in the city, a crew member is visible in the reflection of the window of the car door as it is closed. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Bullets Over Hollywood (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Kiss Me Sweet See more »
Quotes [Big Babe Lazich has just been invited to join Rico's gang. While he is waiting, he notices that Rico is always on the phone]
Babe Lazich: Who calls him on the phone?
Philadelphia Tom Zaca: If you're a good swimmer, you can ask the guy who found out. He's at the bottom of the river.
[He grins]
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