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The Lawbreakers (1961)





Cast overview:
Jack Warden ... Matt Gower (archive footage)
Vera Miles ... Angela Walsh (archive footage)
Robert Douglas ... Allen Bardeman (archive footage)
Arch Johnson ... Gus Honochek (archive footage)
Douglas Odney Douglas Odney ... Frank Orte (archive footage)
Robert H. Harris ... Joe Selkin (archive footage)
Ken Lynch ... Ed Rackin (archive footage)
Robert Bailey ... Sam Henry (archive footage)
Mary Lawrence Mary Lawrence ... Marian Gower (archive footage)
James Seay ... Mayor Harold Emshaw (archive footage)
Marianne Stewart ... Rose Wardell (archive footage)
Jay Adler ... Abe Hirsch (archive footage)
John Zaremba ... Sgt. John Ervine (archive footage)
David White ... Commissioner James Deane (archive footage)


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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

18 August 1961 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Contra a Lei See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edited from an episode of the television series The Asphalt Jungle (1961), which ran on ABC from 2 April 1961 to 24 September 1961. See more »


Matt Gower: You know you're a funny guy, Captain, trying to carry a white banner through a field of... to be charitable, mud.
Matt Gower: Abe?
Abe Hirsch: Yeah?
Matt Gower: Go to hell.
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Edited from The Asphalt Jungle (1961) See more »

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A very rare and interesting gem
24 August 2008 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

What a pleasure for me to find this film noir. A very rare one. I did not even know it existed. And directed by Joseph Newman. It reminds me his Human Jungle, shot several years earlier. The picture about gangsters and corrupted politicians in a big city, and the struggle between them and a bunch of hardboiled and honest, untouchable, police officers.

This story, written by the great WR Burnett, the author of "Asphalt Jungle", is interesting because it focuses as much on the "bad" ones as on the "good" ones. It shows how the system goes, in the underworld. The shooting looks like TV production from this era, for instance camera zooms. But it's OK.It suits well to this story.

Vera Miles and Jack Warden add much to this - I repeat - very rare and interesting film noir. An unknown one from director Joseph Newman.

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