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Murder, Inc. (1960)

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This true crime story was hardly "ripped from today's headlines," since the events took place some 20 to 30 years before the movie was released. Still, Murder, Inc. is not afraid to name names, notably those of syndicate boss Louis "Lepke" Buchalter (David J. Stewart) and killer Abe Reles (Peter Falk), who squeals on the Mob to earn immunity. The activities of Buchalter's murder-for-hire operation are played against a fictional story about a nightclub singer (Stuart Whitman) and a dancer (May Britt). Murder, Inc. has a queasy, unsettling quality, due in part to some offbeat casting: TV comedian Henry Morgan co-stars as a dead-serious federal agent, while "human joke machine" Morey Amsterdam shows up as a cabaret entertainer who is stabbed by the Mob. The film was a major boost for the career of Peter Falk, who very nearly managed to parlay his Murder, Inc. supporting role into an Academy Award. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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20th Century Fox

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Cast

Stuart Whitman
as Joey Colins
May Britt
as Eadie Collins
Harry Morgan
as Burton Turkus
Peter Falk
as Abe Kid Twist Reles
Simon Oakland
as Lt. Detective William Flaherty Tobin
Sarah Vaughan
as Nightclub singer
Morey Amsterdam
as Walter Sage
Eli Mintz
as Joe Rosen
Joseph E. Bernard
as Mendy Weiss
Warren Finnerty
as Bug Workman
Helen Waters
as Mrs. Rose Corsi
Leon B. Stevens
as Loughran
Howard Smith
as Albert Anastasia
Josip Elic
as Alberto
Lou Polan
as Louis
Dorothy Stinnette
as Betty Shaw - Turkus' Secretary
Bill Bassett
as Eadie's Killer
Seymour Cassel
as Teenagers
David Kerman
as 1st Detective
Peter Gumeny
as Policeman
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All Critics (2)

... the film mixes hard facts and Hollywood romanticism to create an entertaining, if somewhat trifling, piece of violent fluff.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007

The best thing about the film was Falk's tough-guy performance.

Full Review… | April 17, 2003
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... the film mixes hard facts and Hollywood romanticism to create an entertaining, if somewhat trifling, piece of violent fluff.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood
½

Proving once and for all that a guy can forgive you for raping his wife but if you later kill her he's going to get really, really miffed.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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