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Vice Squad (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 July 1953 (USA)
Police procedural film following a few cases assigned to LAPD captain of detectives Barney Barnaby.

Director:

Arnold Laven

Writers:

Lawrence Roman (screenplay), Leslie T. White (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Capt. 'Barnie' Barnaby
Paulette Goddard ... Mona Ross
K.T. Stevens ... Ginny
Porter Hall ... Jack Hartrampf
Adam Williams ... Marty Kusalich
Edward Binns ... Al Barkis
Barry Kelley ... Dwight Foreman
Jay Adler ... Frankie Pierce
Mary Ellen Kay ... Carol Lawson
Joan Vohs ... Vickie Webb
Lee Van Cleef ... Pete Monte
Harlan Warde ... Det. Lacey
Dan Riss ... Lt. Bob Imlay
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Police Lt. Ed Chisolm
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Storyline

When a police officer is shot arresting a car thief, Captain Barnaby uses his skills and contacts to track down the culprits and uncovers a bank heist plan in the process. Barnaby has no qualms about bending the law to achieve his ends, including trumped up charges to persuade his only witness to cooperate or detaining some call girls to coerce their madam to help him. In the meantime he deals with everyday police business, juggling seemingly trivial matters with more serious ones. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Stops you ... shocks you ... holds you like a gold-digging woman ! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl in Room 13 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film produced by the newly formed Sequoia Productions. See more »

Connections

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: Vice Squad (1957) See more »

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You Can't Beat Edward G.!
17 May 2002 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

This is not one of Edward G's best films. In fact it may be his worst but it is still watchable. It's pretty much a run of the mill 50's crime story which centers around the activities in one day of a detective's life. Good black and white photography with excellent location shots.....not much use of studio sets. This adds to the realism and if you like old cars, the street scenes are for you! Edward G. is, as usual, top notch and for once gets to be a good guy. An aging Paulette Goddard, whose star was really on the wane, is adequate as the madame of an "escort service"....a thinly disguised brothel....her wordplay with Edward G. is sharp and ever so sexy. The supporting cast is familiar to all......and Lee VanCleef pops up as a killer (what else?) in one of his early films before he became an icon in Italian westerns. This is an enjoyable, throw-away film that is worth catching on some late night weekend. Anything with Edward G. is always one to watch.


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