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Pay or Die! (1960)

Unrated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 27 July 1960 (USA)
Between 1906-1909, NYPD Lieutenant Joe Petrosino heads the 'Italian Squad' and tries to stamp out organized crime from the city, often times amid assassination attempts by the Mafia.

Director:

Richard Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
Zohra Lampert ... Adelina Saulino
Alan Austin Alan Austin ... Johnny Viscardi
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Mama Saulino
Bruno Della Santina Bruno Della Santina ... Papa Saulino
Franco Corsaro ... Vito Zarillo
Robert F. Simon ... Police Commissioner
Robert Ellenstein ... Luigi Di Sarno
Howard Caine ... Enrico Caruso
Barry Russo ... Lupo Miano (as John Duke)
Vito Scotti ... Officer Simonetti
John Marley ... D. Caputo, Ragman
Nick Pawl Nick Pawl ... Palumbo
Mario Siletti ... Enzo Loria
Vincent Barbi Vincent Barbi ... Fabraka, Driver
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Movie deals with organized crime "protection" rackets. Small shopkeepers are forced to pay for protection or else be brutalized or killed. Written by <THX1138@aol.com>

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The Threat of the MAFIA! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zahl oder stirb See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Marley was in this film and also in the 1971 Godfather. See more »

Quotes

Adelina Saulino: An Irish man? I never heard of one who was nice... or smart.
Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino: Ah, that's what they say about the Italians.
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Remake of The Adventures of Lieutenant Petrosino (1912) See more »

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This One Pays Off
15 April 2003 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

This 1960 crime drama was directed by Richard Wilson, who had just made a highly successful film on the life of Al Capone the previous year, and does another fine job with this one, set in New York's Little Italy in the early twentieth century. Ernest Borgnine is the hero, a policeman who takes on the dreaded "Black Hand" that was terrorizing shopkeepers and various other innocent, law-abiding people by forcing them to pay "protection money" (or else). It's the usual cops and robbers story, but with more heart than most, and with an unusual setting, stunningly realized by set designer Darrell Silvera. That the story happens to be based on fact gives the movie gravitas. Although it's filmed as melodrama the film is in many respects a semi-documentary of tenement life, much of it sadly true. There's nothing romantic about the Mafia depicted in this movie. They're presented as the brutal thugs they really are, without a trace of sentimentality. The sympathy here is all for the poor people of the streets, and for the man who was their champion.


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