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Murder, Inc. (1960)

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The rise and fall of a 1930's Brooklyn crime syndicate, known as Murder Incorporated, led by mobster Lepke Buchalter.


Irve Tunick (screenplay), Mel Barr (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Joey Collins
May Britt ... Eadie Collins
Henry Morgan ... Burton Turkus
Peter Falk ... Abe Reles
David J. Stewart ... Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
Simon Oakland ... Det. Sgt. William Tobin
Sarah Vaughan ... Singer
Morey Amsterdam ... Walter Sage
Eli Mintz ... Joe Rosen
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Mendy Weiss
Warren Finnerty ... Bug Workman
Vincent Gardenia ... Lazlo
Helen Waters Helen Waters ... Mrs. Corsi
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Loughran
Howard Smith ... Albert Anastasia (as Howard I. Smith)


Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus, this movie chronicles the rise and fall of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated. Focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hitman Reles. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Did You Know?


Stuart Rosenberg was originally hired to direct the movie. Because of a Screen Actors Guild strike, which occurred from March 7-April 18, 1960, Rosenberg left the project and was replaced by the film's producer Burt Balaban. See more »


Joe and Eadie Collins and their story are fictional. The key witness against Lepke after Reles' death was fellow mobster Allie Tannenbaum. See more »


Joey Collins: Why'd you do it? Why did you kill him?
Abe "Kid Twist" Reles: He had bad breath.
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Referenced in Hilde (2009) See more »


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Falk as Abe Reles
6 September 2013 | by tarnower-1See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie on TV with my father in the mid-60s when I was about 10 years old.

When Peter Falk was on the screen, my father said that when he was about my age (in the early 1930s), he used to set pins in a bowling alley in Brooklyn, and the real Abe Reles bowled there nearly every day.

I recall what a mad dog that Falk portrayed and how it chilled me that my dad set pins for him.

I will be on the lookout for this movie again, so I can piece it all back together again.

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Release Date:

14 October 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder, Inc. See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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