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The Big Operator (1959)

Approved | | Crime , Drama | August 1959 (USA)
Bill Gibson is Little Joe's nemesis and is one of the men who can testify that he saw the labor boss in an incriminating conversation with a known criminal - something that Little Joe ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)

Writers:

Paul Gallico (based on a Cosmopolitan Magazine story by), Allen Rivkin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Little Joe Braun
Steve Cochran ... Bill Gibson
Mamie Van Doren ... Mary Gibson
Mel Tormé ... Fred McAfee
Ray Danton ... Oscar 'The Executioner' Wetzel
Jim Backus ... Cliff Heldon
Ray Anthony ... Slim Clayburn
Jackie Coogan ... Ed Brannell
Charles Chaplin Jr. Charles Chaplin Jr. ... Bill Tragg
Maila Nurmi ... Gina (as Vampira)
Billy Daniels ... Tony Webson
Ben Gage Ben Gage ... Bert Carr
Jay North ... Timmy Gibson
Lawrence Dobkin ... Phil Cernak
Leo Gordon ... Danny Sacanzi
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Storyline

Bill Gibson is Little Joe's nemesis and is one of the men who can testify that he saw the labor boss in an incriminating conversation with a known criminal - something that Little Joe denied under oath. Knowing that Cochran and one other witness can bring him down, the crooked labor boss starts on a campaign of terror.

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A Brass-Knuckled Drama of Today's New Crime Jungle! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatomy of the Syndicate See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Little Joe Braun: Awright, put that down. I wanna talk to you. Put it down! Come around here. Put the drink down, I wanna talk to you. Now who told you to set this guy, McAfee on fire? He didn't even see us.
Oscar 'The Executioner' Wetzel: You told me to scare him, didn't you? So I poured a little gas on him.
Little Joe Braun: A little gas...
Oscar 'The Executioner' Wetzel: It's not my fault if that stupid Lou lights a match, you know?
Little Joe Braun: How do you think this is gonna look for me at the trial? Look you don't set anybody on fire unless I tell you to, you understand?
Oscar 'The Executioner' Wetzel: You wanna know every time I ...
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Fantastic cast and story.
2 February 2002 | by jlinn39778See all my reviews

Rooney in his best dramatic role. Mickey is a crooked union boss who will stop at nothing to get his way. The nonstop action includes strong arm union goons beating Mel Torme, then setting him on fire and dumping him on Mamie Van Dorens tree lawn. Fortunately the fire is put out in time, enabling him to lead the police to the bad guys hideout. I won't give the ending away, except to say there's plenty of bagpipe music. Must see to believe!!!


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