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The Mob (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 September 1951 (USA)
Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

William Bowers (screen play), Ferguson Findley (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Johnny Damico
Betty Buehler Betty Buehler ... Mary Kiernan
Richard Kiley ... Thomas 'Tom' Clancy
Otto Hulett ... Police Lt. Banks
Matt Crowley Matt Crowley ... Smoothie
Neville Brand ... Gunner
Ernest Borgnine ... Joe Castro
Walter Klavun Walter Klavun ... Police Sgt. Bennion
Lynn Baggett ... Peggy Clancy (as Lynne Baggett)
Jean Alexander ... Doris Clancy
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Police Commissioner
John Marley ... Tony
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Storyline

Police detective Damico, outwitted by mob killer Blackie Clay, is nominally suspended; actually he goes undercover (as Tim Flynn, ex-con longshoreman) to find Clay and expose the waterfront rackets. In character, Damico throws his weight around so much that the mobsters try to get rid of him; surviving this, he begins to realize that few of those around him are what they seem. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The mob that defied the Kefauver Committee See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterfront See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

In scenes set in a pawn shop and an all-night diner (apparently shot in interiors on standing street sets), actors' frosty breath can be seen even though they're supposed to be inside real businesses that would presumably have been heated. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Damico: Here, take my stuff upstairs.
Russell - Hotel Clerk: This ain't the Waldorf, friend.
Johnny Damico: How long did you work here before you found that out?
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The Damico Dilligence.
31 January 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Mob is directed by Robert Parish and adapted to screenplay by William Bowers from the novel written by Ferguson Findley. It stars Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett, Matt Crowley, Neville Brand, Ernest Borgnine and Jean Alexander. Music is by George Duning and cinematography by Joseph Walker.

Cop Johnny Damico (Crawford) is fooled by a mob killer during the slaying of a witness and is chastised by his superiors. Sent undercover to infiltrate the waterfront organisation to flush out the killer, Damico faces danger at every turn.

He's a cop who is hell bent on atoning for what could basically be a career ruining error. It's this core essence that really oils the pistons of this tough and under seen slice of crime cinema. Awash with characters so shifty it's hard to locate a moral compass in the mix, director Robert Parrish (Cry Danger) takes a standard under cover plot and elevates it to a riveting tale of corruption, paranoia and the search for redemption at any cost.

William Bowers' script positively pings with the sort of dialogue you could cut a joint of beef with, with most of it spat from the mouth of the excellent Crawford. No matter what the situation, what the danger, Damico has a quip or a put down to always exude a calm and carefree menace, he literally is a sardonic miserablist who is unflappable. It's a wonderful characterisation that's helped enormously by a screenplay that contains some surprises, with a nifty plot line standing out that sees Damico hired by the mob to enact a hit on himself! Wonderful.

Parrish keeps the atmosphere side of things on the boil, always ensuring that Damico could be snuffed out at any moment, while Walker's (The Velvet Touch) photography is tight to the plotting. Around Crawford are a raft of familiar faces from film noir, with the villain roll call considerably boosted by Borgine and Brand. From the quite excellent opening murder played out in the nighttime rain, story unfolds in a whirl of sarcasm, set-ups, machismo, stand-offs and mobster machinations. The Mob, under seen and under valued, add it to your "to see lists", especially if you be a fan of Brod Crawford. 8/10


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