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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 coldest crew since "The killers" 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

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The intro music in this picture is the same one in The Big Heat (1953). 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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Broderick Crawford Making the Docks Safe for Us All
7 July 2013 | by Henchman_Number1See all my reviews

Off duty police detective Johnny Damico (Broderick Crawford) lets a killer slip through his hands after witnessing a mob hit. Damico is given a chance to redeem himself by going undercover to break up a waterfront crime racket and find the kingpin that ordered the hit. Damico under the assumed identity of small time New Orleans hoodlum Johnny Flynn, infiltrates the docks to find the 'big guy' known only as Blackie Clegg. Along the way Damico comes across an assortment of characters played by, at the time, relatively unknown actors like Ernest Borgnine, Neville Brand, Richard Kiley, and John Marley. Look for Charles Bronson in one of his earliest screen appearances in an uncredited role as a dock hand.

Director Robert Parrish works what might have been routine police procedural crime drama into an edge of the seat mystery. A lot of the credit has to be given to writer William Bowers who Parrish teamed up with on his previous movie Cry Danger starring Dick Powell. Both enjoy a fast paced script with tongue in cheek banter, hinting of the same style that Bowers would use almost twenty years later when he wrote the script for Support Your Local Sheriff! While an actor like Powell would seem better suited for this type role, Crawford just off an Oscar win for All the Kings Men two years before, comes off surprisingly natural as a wise cracking undercover cop.

The Mob though listed as film noir really isn't noir in the classic sense though it does have some of the elements. The Mob is an enjoyable 1950's style mystery crime drama. The run time of 87 minutes breezes by and keeps you guessing. Fans of the genre will enjoy this one.


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