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Black Hand (1950)

Black Hand (1950)





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This exposé of organized crime is set in New York's "Little Italy" during the late-19th century. The various Italian immigrant merchants find themselves at the mercy of the Black Hand. Seeking vengeance for the mob-dictated murder of his father, Kelly tries to gather evidence against the Black Hand.


Gene Kelly
as Giovanni E. 'Johnny' Columbo
J. Carroll Naish
as Louis Lorelli
Teresa Celli
as Isabella Gomboli
Marc Lawrence
as Caesar Xavier Serpi
Frank Puglia
as Carlo Sabballera
Barry Kelley
as Capt. Thompson
Mario Siletti
as Benny Danetta
Carl Milletaire
as George Allani
Peter Brocco
as Roberto Columbo
Eleonora Mendelssohn
as Maria Columbo
Eleanora Mendelssohn
as Maria Columbo
Grazia Narciso
as Mrs. Danetta
Bert Freed
as Prosecutor
Mimi Aguglia
as Mrs. Sabballera
Baldo Minuti
as Bettini
Carlo Tricoli
as Pietro Riago
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Critic Reviews for Black Hand

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Somewhat engaging early Mafia film that's based on a true story.

Full Review… | August 3, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Black Hand

There is no such thing as The Black Hand. Johnny Colombo was orphaned as a boy when his Italian father was killed by the Black Hand in the mean streets of New York City. Johnny is sent back to the old country where he is raised and becomes a man. He returns to Manhattan to seek revenge and finds the love of his life in the process. He partners with his new dame to unearth the infamous Black Hand. "Please don't make us do this." Richard Thorpe, director of Jailhouse Rock, Ivanhoe, Vengeance Valley, Knights of the Roundtable, The Truth about Spring, and Athena, delivers The Black Hand. The storyline for this picture is fairly interesting and well paced. There were some dynamic characters and worthwhile character development. The acting was pretty good and the cast includes Gene Kelly, J. Carrol Naish, and Marc Lawrence. "Johnny can say it better than me..." I DVR'd this a long time ago off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and thought the old school gangster movie would be entertaining. It was worth a viewing and similar to the old Bogart pictures, just not quite as good. This is only worth watching if you're a diehard fan of the classics. "Brave Italian defies Black Hand's warning." Grade: C+

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