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Pay or Die! (1960)

Unrated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 27 July 1960 (USA)
Between 1906-1909, NYPD Lieutenant Joe Petrosino heads the 'Italian Squad' and tries to stamp out organized crime from the city, often times amid assassination attempts by the Mafia.

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Richard Wilson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
Zohra Lampert ... Adelina Saulino
Alan Austin Alan Austin ... Johnny Viscardi
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Mama Saulino
Bruno Della Santina Bruno Della Santina ... Papa Saulino
Franco Corsaro ... Vito Zarillo
Robert F. Simon ... Police Commissioner
Robert Ellenstein ... Luigi Di Sarno
Howard Caine ... Enrico Caruso
Barry Russo ... Lupo Miano (as John Duke)
Vito Scotti ... Officer Simonetti
John Marley ... D. Caputo, Ragman
Nick Pawl Nick Pawl ... Palumbo
Mario Siletti ... Enzo Loria
Vincent Barbi Vincent Barbi ... Fabraka, Driver
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Storyline

Movie deals with organized crime "protection" rackets. Small shopkeepers are forced to pay for protection or else be brutalized or killed. Written by <THX1138@aol.com>

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The Threat...and The Picture...You'll Never Forget! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zahl oder stirb See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Marley was in this film and also in the 1971 Godfather. See more »

Quotes

Adelina Saulino: An Irish man? I never heard of one who was nice... or smart.
Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino: Ah, that's what they say about the Italians.
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Remake of The Adventures of Lieutenant Petrosino (1912) See more »

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Great old movie taken from life
1 September 2004 | by barhand2002See all my reviews

This is a fine old film about the beginnings of the mafia in America. Their nemesis was the Italian squad of the NYPD of which my grandfather was a part and whose notes and case books were used in the making of the film. The mafia at the time was called the black hand and was made up in this country of cheap hoods who mostly ran protection rackets on the small business owners of little Italy. They were backed by the dons in Sicily and the Italian squad's task was to shut the rackets down. They tried hard but the squad was pretty much broken up after the death of Lt. Petrosino in Sicily. This film shows the good and bad guys of the time and what my grandfather called, very un-pc,"one guinea killing another".


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