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The Mob (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 September 1951 (USA)
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 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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterfront See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

In scenes set in a pawn shop and an all-night diner (apparently shot in interiors on standing street sets), actors' frosty breath can be seen even though they're supposed to be inside real businesses that would presumably have been heated. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Damico: Here, take my stuff upstairs.
Russell - Hotel Clerk: This ain't the Waldorf, friend.
Johnny Damico: How long did you work here before you found that out?
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Realism With Panache
30 May 2014 | by MaliejandraSee all my reviews

I saw The Mob at Cinevent in 2013 and it was the best film of the weekend. This tight noir is filled with great one-liners and unexpected twists.

Broderick Crawford plays a cop who goes undercover as a hoodlum to try to take down a crime ring. We constantly question whether he is totally legit because his mouth is just as tough as the criminals' he's working to put in jail. The story keeps moving and if you blink you might miss something, but the plot never quite gets away from the viewer. This is realism done with panache. It is unfortunate that this movie has had no formal release because it is certainly worth seeing.


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