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Portrait of a Mobster (1961)

This movie portrays the rise and fall of 1920s gangster Dutch Schultz. While building his own mob ring, he romances Iris, the daughter of a man he killed. When Iris marries a cop, Schultz ... See full summary »


Joseph Pevney


Howard Browne, Harry Grey (book)




Credited cast:
Vic Morrow ... Dutch Schultz
Leslie Parrish ... Iris Murphy
Peter Breck ... Frank Brennan
Norman Alden ... Bo Wetzel
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... Michael Ferris
Ken Lynch ... Lieutenant D. Corbin
Frank DeKova ... Anthony Parazzo
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Guthrie
Joseph Gallison Joseph Gallison ... Vincent Coll
Ray Danton ... 'Legs' Diamond
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry J. Blake ... John Murphy (as Larry Blake)
Anthony Eisley ... Legal Advisor
Eddie Hanley Eddie Hanley ... Matty Krause
Harry Holcombe ... Capt. Bayridge
Jon Kowal Jon Kowal ... Lou Rhodes (as John Kowal)


This movie portrays the rise and fall of 1920s gangster Dutch Schultz. While building his own mob ring, he romances Iris, the daughter of a man he killed. When Iris marries a cop, Schultz makes sure the cop goes bad and takes kickbacks from Schultz's organization. Iris goes back to the arms of Schultz, not knowing he's the man who killed her father. Written by Sooz <sumaree@inetnebr.com>

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The screen puts on brass knuckles and a bulletproof vest to tell the Dutch Schultz story all the way! See more »


Biography | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

21 December 1961 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

I symmoria ton 5 politeion See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


25 seconds of footage from the 1936 film Bullets or Ballots (1936) were used in the sequence where the police raid one of Dutch Schultz's policy banks. See more »


At the end of the film, the water running into the sewer indicates it is a street in New York City. The actual murders took place in Newark, New Jersey. See more »


Referenced in The Projectionist (1970) See more »

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It Had To Be Vic.
8 November 2008 | by kayaker36See all my reviews

When Vic Morrow in the title role proclaims to the assembled members of his freshly formed organization, "I'm a Bronx boy!" you can feel he wasn't just acting. A Jewish boy from the Bronx (N.Y.) himself, Vic Morrow was made for the role of the Jewish mobster Dutch Schultz, known as the Beer Baron of the Bronx. And when Schultz reminisces to Leslie Parrish about getting respect on the mean streets of the East Bronx by being tougher than anyone else, you get the impression Morrow is summoning up his own experiences. He is simply superb in the role, portraying Schultz as brutally ambitious, cruel and crude ("I'm sorry he got plugged," Schultz says to the daughter of a man he himself killed.) yet oddly sympathetic, the product of a criminal environment who had little choice but to turn out as he did.

This black and white picture lacks high production values, marquee names or a brilliant script. It scrambles some of the known facts in Schultz's life and shortchanges some important characters. What it does have is sharp, memorable characterizations--of Schultz himself, of Mafia boss "Lucky" Luciano (who in fact took out the "contract" on Schultz), with actor Ray Danton reprising his portrayal of "Legs" Diamond, and "Mad Dog" Coll.

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