The Enforcer

The Enforcer

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Overview

The Enforcer

Humphrey Bogart plays Martin Ferguson, a prosecutor about to put Albert Mendoza (Everett Sloane), the head of a murder-for-hire ring, on trial. But the night before the trial, his key witness, Joe Rico (Ted de Corsia), dies in a fall out of the window of the room in which he's been guarded, part of an abortive escape attempt to keep from testifying. His case in shambles, Ferguson and detective Captain Nelson (Roy Roberts) try to piece the entire four-year investigation back together from square one, trying to find something that might give them another way to prosecute Mendoza. The main body of the movie is told in flashback, starting when a small-time hood named Duke Malloy (Michael Tolan, then billed as Lawrence Tolan) walks into a police station to turn himself in for killing his girlfriend -- and says that someone made him kill her. He babbles to the bewildered detectives about "hits" and "contracts" and men nicknamed Philadelphia, Big Babe, and Smiley. The body isn't found, but they arrest Malloy, who hangs himself in his cell. That dead end leads, almost by accident, to Philadelphia Tom Zaca (Jack Lambert), an asylum inmate who has to be put under sedation at the mention of Malloy's name. They find another suspect's body burning in his building's incinerator, and then Big Babe Lazick (Zero Mostel), a two-bit hood, hiding in a church in mortal fear of his life. He begins weaving a tale of a murder-by-contract ring and its head operator, Joe Rico, of a murder contract that Duke Malloy never filled on a girl who had to change her name, of mistaken identity and the murder of the girl's cab-driver father, and the connection between that and a murder that they both witnessed eight years earlier. In the midst of all of those interlocking stories (spread across ten years), there's something Ferguson missed -- when he had Rico to testify -- that he has to sort out from the reams of testimony and evidence, and he has to figure it out before Mendoza does, or lose the last witness he has.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2013
UPC: 0887090058902
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 18,181

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Martin Ferguson
Zero Mostel Big Babe Lazich
Ted de Corsia Joseph Rico
Everett Sloane Albert Mendoza
Roy Roberts Captain Frank Nelson
King Donovan Sgt. Whitlow
Lawrence Tolan Duke Malloy
Patricia Joiner Teresa Davis/Angela Vetto
Don Beddoe Thomas O'Hara
Tito Vuolo Tony Vetto
John Kellogg Vince
Jack Lambert Philadelphia Tom Zaca
Adelaide Klein Olga Kirshen
Susan Cabot Nina Lombardo
Mario Siletti Louis the Barber
Thomas P. Dillon Policeman
Montgomery Pittman Intern
Bob Steele Herman
Alan Foster Shorty
Harry Wilson B.J.
Robert Strong Secretary
Mike Lally Detective
George Meader Medical Examiner
Barry Reagan Intern
Pete Kellett Intern
Dan Riss Mayor
Ralph Dunn Sergeant
Perc Launders Police Sergeant
Art Dupuis Keeper
John Maxwell Doctor
Bud Wolfe Fireman
Brick Sullivan Police Chauffeur
Greta Granstedt Mrs. Lazick
Louis Lettieri Boy
Chuck Hamilton Policeman
Jay Morley Policeman
Richard Bartell Clerk
Karen Kester Nina as a child
Eula Guy Landlady
Creighton Hale Clerk
Patricia Hayes Teenager
Tom Dillon Policeman
Howard Mitchell Chief

Technical Credits
Bretaigne Windust Director
Fred Allen Editor
Robert Burks Cinematographer
David Buttolph Score Composer
Charles H. Clarke Art Director
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Martin Rackin Screenwriter
Milton Sperling Producer
Dolph Thomas Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Enforcer
1. Chapter I [15:26]
2. Chapter II [7:32]
3. Chapter III [10:27]
4. Chapter IV [7:52]
5. Chapter V [8:10]
6. Chapter VI [11:31]
7. Chapter VII [14:47]
8. Chapter VIII [9:53]

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