The Black Hand

The Black Hand

Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Gene Kelly, J. Carrol Naish, Teresa Celli

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Overview

The Black Hand

Gene Kelly as an Italian-American attorney? Once you get past this, the rest of Black Hand ought to go down easy. This expose of organized crime is set in New York's "Little Italy" the late 19th century. The various Italian immigrant merchants find themselves at the mercy of the Black Hand, a group which extorts money upon threat of death. Seeking vengeance for the mob-dictated murder of his father, Kelly tries to gather evidence against the Black Hand. He is frustrated in his efforts until he teams with Italian/American police inspector J. Carroll Naish. Though Naish is eventually murdered while assembling evidence, he is able to mail his findings to Kelly, who, after beating crime boss Marc Lawrence to a bloody pulp, delivers the guilty parties to the authorities. In the real-life incidents upon which this film is based, it was the Mafia, not the Black Hand, who functioned as the villain. Even in 1950, however, Hollywood had to tread gingerly whenever dealing with big-time crime; it was easier (and safer) to go after a "dead" criminal organization than a "live" one.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2012
UPC: 0883316586860
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 78,863

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Kelly Johnny Columbo
J. Carrol Naish Louis Lorelli
Teresa Celli Isabella Gomboli
Marc Lawrence Caesar Xavier Serpi
Frank Puglia Carlo Sabballera
Barry Kelley Capt. Thompson
Mario Siletti Benny Danetta
Carl Milletaire George Allani
Peter Brocco Roberto Columbo
Eleonora Mendelssohn Maria Columbo
Grazia Narciso Mrs. Danetta
Maurice Samuels Moriani
Burk Symon Judge
Bert Freed Prosecutor
Mimi Aguglia Mrs. Sabballera
Carlo Tricoli Pietro Riago

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Alberto Colombo Score Composer
Luther Davis Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Gabriel Scognamillo Art Director
Leo Townsend Original Story
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Irvine Warburton Editor
William H. Wright Producer

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