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Pay or Die! (1960)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 27 July 1960 (USA)
Movie deals with organized crime "protection" rackets. Small shopkeepers are forced to pay for protection or else be brutalized or killed.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
... Adelina Saulino
Alan Austin ... Johnny Viscardi
Renata Vanni ... Mama Saulino
Bruno Della Santina ... Papa Saulino
... Vito Zarillo
... Police Commissioner
... Luigi Di Sarno
... Enrico Caruso
... Lupo Miano (as John Duke)
... Officer Simonetti
... D. Caputo, Ragman
Nick Pawl ... Palumbo
... Enzo Loria
Vincent Barbi ... Fabraka, Driver
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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 »

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

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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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One of the greatest pre-Godfather mafia movies
17 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Great historical mafia movie. Terrific depiction of the early infiltration of the "Black Hand" in America. From its earliest beginning, to its deepest & darkest connections back to its Italian roots, the film delivers an in-depth incite into the powers and horrors of organized crime. The storyline and depiction could easily have been a inspiration for the "Godfather". This is a great film in which the cinematography, the acting, the art direction, and the script all coming together to create a seamless masterpiece. Ernest Borgnine as police Lt. Petrosino delivers an inspiring performance. This film is a lost classic that needs to be released in DVD.


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