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Murder, Inc. (1960)

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The rise and fall of a 1930's Brooklyn crime syndicate, known as Murder Incorporated, led by mobster Lepke Buchalter.

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Irve Tunick (screenplay), Mel Barr (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Joey Collins
May Britt ... Eadie Collins
Henry Morgan ... Burton Turkus
Peter Falk ... Abe Reles
David J. Stewart David J. Stewart ... Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
Simon Oakland ... Det. Sgt. William Tobin
Sarah Vaughan ... Singer
Morey Amsterdam ... Walter Sage
Eli Mintz ... Joe Rosen
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Mendy Weiss
Warren Finnerty ... Bug Workman
Vincent Gardenia ... Lazlo
Helen Waters Helen Waters ... Mrs. Corsi
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Loughran
Howard Smith ... Albert Anastasia (as Howard I. Smith)
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Storyline

Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus, this movie chronicles the rise and fall of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated. Focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hitman Reles. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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From the Bullet-Riddled Pages of the Best Seller Comes the True Story! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder, Inc. See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many times in interviews and on talk shows, Peter Falk credited his casting and appearance in this movie as his breakthrough performance, or his career-making film, even though he had been toiling around Regional New England theater, the New York stage and in sporadic television productions for five plus years. See more »

Goofs

When Joey and Abe are being kept under wraps by the police in a hotel awaiting their trial, the camera shows the exterior window of Joey's room first (on the left) then pans right to show the exterior of Abe's room (to the right of Joey's). Shortly thereafter, when Turkus walks down the hall from Abe's room to Joey's room, it becomes apparent that the configuration is just the opposite. As the drama transpires, it's confirmed that Abe's room was indeed the one on the left. See more »

Quotes

Joey Collins: Why'd you do it? Why did you kill him?
Abe "Kid Twist" Reles: He had bad breath.
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Connections

Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 19 July 1961 (1961) See more »

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The Awakening
Written by George David Weiss (as George Weiss)
Performed by Sarah Vaughan
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Peter Falk 11 years before Columbo
23 June 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

10 years before Peter Falk racked up a trunk-load of Emmy's and many more nominations for his his work as Columbo, he had two roles that would stand out in the film world. One was Pocketful of Miracles in 1961, and the other was this film the year before.

His performance as the contract killer Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles is the best thing about the true-life mob story. While most of the other characters just seem to float through the movie, he was intense ans you could see the promise that would lie ahead for him.

Stuart Whitman, who would get his only Oscar nomination a year later, was also good as Joey, who got caught up in the rackets. May Britt, who would leave the movies to marry Sammy Davis, Jr., was also very good as Joey's wife.

The movie seems more like a documentary when it is not focused on these three characters. As an added bonus, you get to see the legendary Sarah Vaughan in the movie.


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