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Black Hand (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 12 March 1950 (USA)
Now grown-up, Johnny Columbo returns to New York from Italy having sworn a vendetta against the Black Hand who killed his father years earlier. Becoming romantically involved with a girl ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Luther Davis (screen play), Leo Townsend (from a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Kelly ... Giovanni E. 'Johnny' Columbo
J. Carrol Naish ... Louis Lorelli
Teresa Celli ... Isabella Gomboli
Marc Lawrence ... Caesar Xavier Serpi
Frank Puglia ... Carlo Sabballera
Barry Kelley ... Police Capt. Thompson
Mario Siletti ... Benny Danetta / Nino
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... George Allani / Tomasino
Peter Brocco ... Roberto Columbo
Eleonora von Mendelssohn Eleonora von Mendelssohn ... Maria Columbo (as Eleonora Mendelssohn)
Grazia Narciso Grazia Narciso ... Mrs. Danetta
Maurice Samuels Maurice Samuels ... Moriani
Burk Symon Burk Symon ... Judge
Bert Freed ... Prosecutor
Mimi Aguglia ... Mrs. Sabballera
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Now grown-up, Johnny Columbo returns to New York from Italy having sworn a vendetta against the Black Hand who killed his father years earlier. Becoming romantically involved with a girl from school and meeting up with an honest cop also fighting the gangs, Columbo starts to wonder if there may be legal ways to defeat them. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Knife See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was originally set up as a Robert Taylor vehicle. See more »

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Early Godfather movie
28 March 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

When I think of Gene Kelly, I think of "Singing in the Rain" or "An American in Paris," as I imagine most would. I would never expect to see him playing an Italian who comes back from the old country to avenge the death of his father. Casting him as an Italian was way off base. They couldn't find an Italian to play an Italian? This miscasting affects the whole movie.

You should not look for something that resembles "The Godfather" here as there is a similar revenge story. This was done in 1950 and people were obviously more gullible. Imagine that he was able to pick up a lit cigarette with his feet and use it to light a fuse. Imagine that he could do that, without even imagining the fact that he did it in a room full of people. Incredible! The one redeeming part of the movie was the part played by J. Carrol Naish, as a police detective who figures out a way to beat the mob.

Of interest as the predecessor to the films that we all love today about the Mafia.


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