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The Mob (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 September 1951 (USA)
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Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

William Bowers (screen play), Ferguson Findley (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Johnny Damico
Betty Buehler ... Mary Kiernan
Richard Kiley ... Thomas 'Tom' Clancy
Otto Hulett ... Police Lt. Banks
Matt Crowley Matt Crowley ... Smoothie
Neville Brand ... Gunner
Ernest Borgnine ... Joe Castro
Walter Klavun Walter Klavun ... Police Sgt. Bennion
Lynn Baggett ... Peggy Clancy (as Lynne Baggett)
Jean Alexander ... Doris Clancy
Ralph Dumke ... Police Commissioner
John Marley ... Tony
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Storyline

Police detective Damico, outwitted by mob killer Blackie Clay, is nominally suspended; actually he goes undercover (as Tim Flynn, ex-con longshoreman) to find Clay and expose the waterfront rackets. In character, Damico throws his weight around so much that the mobsters try to get rid of him; surviving this, he begins to realize that few of those around him are what they seem. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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cruel...cunning...cold as ice... See more »


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Trivia

Very early "walk-on" by Charles Bronson, who has a few lines as an angry dock worker when "Tim Flynn" shows up at the docks looking for work. See more »

Goofs

The credits list Jean Alexander as Doris Clancy. Doris was Mrs. Clancy's sister, so her last name would not be Clancy. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Banks: Be careful.
Johnny Damico: Yeah, sure. I'll carry real bullets in my gun.
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Connections

Spoofed in MacGyver: Blow Out (1987) See more »

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25 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Broderick Crawford is terrific as a police detective going undercover as a longshoreman. The film begins with Mr. Crawford, while off-duty, investigating a shooting; when he arrives, he's told to watch the victim by another detective - only to be left holding the victim (so to speak). After his "error", he is assigned to undercover as longshoreman at a mob-infested dock, and locate dangerous mob boss "Blackie".

On the docks, the film really takes off - the story gets very exciting, with hardly a misstep. The camera is a sharp match for the players and script. Note, Ernest Borgnine throws a swell party. Broderick says "Oh, please…" like he was born yesterday. "The Mob" has enough twists and turns to keep the interest brewing... to a tight ending.

******* The Mob (1951) Robert Parrish ~ Broderick Crawford, Richard Kiley, Ernest Borgnine


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterfront See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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