The Mob (1951)





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In this crime drama, an undercover policeman attempts to stop racketeers from controlling the waterfront. Once the disguised officer is allowed to join the mob and meet the others, he is surprised to find a fellow undercover cop who is trying to learn the identity of the gang's mysterious leader.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Columbia Pictures


Broderick Crawford
as Johnny Damico
Richard Kiley
as Thomas Clancy
Betty Buehler
as Mary Kiernan
Neville Brand
as Gunner
Otto Hulett
as Lt. Banks
Matt Crowley
as Smoothie
Ernest Borgnine
as Joe Castro
Walter Klavun
as Sgt. Bennion
Ralph Dumke
as Police Commissioner
Jay Adler
as Russell
Duke Watson
as Radford
Emile G. Meyer
as Gas Station Attendant
Carleton Young
as District Attorney
Fred Coby
as Plainclothesman
Ric Roman
as Police Officer
Art Millan
as Officer
Paul Bryar
as Officer
Michael McHale
as Talbert
Ken Harvey
as Paul
Don Megowan
as Bruiser
Richard Irving
as Prowl Cop Driver
Don de Leo
as Cigar Store Proprietor
Ernie Venneri
as Crew Member
Charles Marsh
as Waiter
William Pullen
as Plotter
Peter Virgo
as Bakery Truck Driver
Harry Lauter
as Daniels
Paul Dubov
as Johnson
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Critic Reviews for The Mob

All Critics (4)

An expertly-plotted noir, less psychologically disturbing and more straight-up undercover crime drama, but it ratchets up the tension nicely and Crawford is having a hell of a time acting like the tough guy.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012

[Broderick] Crawford is at his best as the veteran lawman playing the tough-guy dockworker, engaging and compelling and, at times, quite funny.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
Parallax View

William Bowers' dialogue coulda been a contenduh, for sure ("You must be part of my hangover" or "I need to go underground, like gophers and communists"), especially coming from Crawford's unlovely mug.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
East Bay Express

The brutality of both the criminals and the police is what gives the film its shock value and special feel.

Full Review… | April 23, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Mob

I expected just your average cop goes undercover movie but this 1 was actually pretty good with some nice twists & turns thrown in here & there

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

It's a familiar scenario: cop goes undercover to infiltrate a gang, gains their respect, works his way up the ladder, finds an unlikely ally, closes in on the big cheese, something goes wrong, and right when he's about to meet his maker, the tables are turned. It's in a dozen other B-pictures, but it's a classic. This movie is quite a bit more noir than Cry Danger and really nails the look and feel, with a lot of great dialogue. Broderick Crawford is terrific in the lead, reminds me of Paul Douglas but with a tougher edge. Pretty good casting all around, actually, including a minor role for Ernest Borgnine and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance by Charles Bronson. It's hard to call this a great film, but it scratches the noir itch.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Really great plot twists that I honestly didn't see coming. Gets a little goofy but always enjoyable.

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