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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?

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Robert Parrish

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dans la gueule du loup See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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

Lt. Banks: Be careful.
Johnny Damico: Yeah, sure. I'll carry real bullets in my gun.
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Strong Cast of Unknowns Helps Good Crawford Programmer
26 August 2007 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The title of this review says it all. In 1951, who knew who Ernest Borgnine, Richard Kiley and Charles Buchinsky were? But in this Columbia noir, made after Broderick Crawford became an unlikely star because of ALL THE KING'S MEN has the lead going undercover to investigate racketeering on the docks, we see how good actors can overcome a basically decent script overloaded with 'snappy' dialog, cheap sets and unexceptional directing. The actors are, frankly, amazing and this is as good as a movie can get with a major flaw like this -- ace DP Joseph Walker can't do much with the studio sets and back projection, but he makes a good effort with a highly mobile camera.


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