Black Hand Reviews
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."
You probably have heard the story before. ‚(TM)Black Hand‚(TM) is about a good guy standing up to the Black Hand, a group of Italian mobsters who are shaking down their town. Gene Kelly plays Johnny Columbo (great name), who returns to his old stomping grounds to see that his once home has changed for the worst. He is out for revenge over the death of his father and when he goes to the cops, the ruthless Black Hand starts killing witnesses and kidnapping people. Columbo gets out to the people to start up a group to fight back against the gangsters. I‚(TM)m sure if you research early 1900‚≤s gangster crime, you will see similarities to this film. The violence and killings seem to be taken from actual history. And who is to say this didn‚(TM)t actually happen. There are a quite a few twists and turns that will keep you happy and it is so good to see Gene play a darker role. Don‚(TM)t get me wrong, he is a good guy, but there are some moments when his sinister side shows. It‚(TM)s very cool.