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Murder, Inc. (1960) Poster

(1960)

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Actor, later producer/executive, Robert Evans turned down the part of Reles, because it was "not the lead role" and Peter Falk was cast instead, becoming Falk's first Oscar nominated performance.
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An even more fictionalized version of the same events and time period, and told from the point of view of the prosecuting attorney, the 1951 film The Enforcer (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart and Zero Mostel, was released in the U.K. under the title "Murder, Inc.".
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Many times in interviews and on talk shows, Peter Falk credited his casting and appearance in this movie as his breakthrough performance, or his career-making film, even though he had been toiling around Regional New England theater, the New York stage and in sporadic television productions for five plus years.
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The feature film debut of Sarah Vaughan.
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Diane Ladd's film debut.
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The feature film debut of Sylvia Miles.
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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.
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First film directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
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Average Shot Length = ~10.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.1 seconds.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film shows Reles raping Eadie Collins. But it real life, it was Reles' girlfriend who was beaten and raped by one of the Shapiro Brothers, who don't appear in the film but who ran the Brooklyn mob in the '20s. It was to avenge this attack that Reles formed Murder Inc.
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Wikipedia uses the quaint term "defenestration" - the act of throwing someone or something out of a window - to describe Abe Reles' cause of death.
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