From this events Martin Rackin made a screen script which in 1951 would become one of the most violent films of its decade. It was directed by Bretaigne Windust for a few days - then he became seriously ill and Rauol Walsh took over - after Humphrey Bogart who was the star of the movie asked him to do so..
- Bob Steele (here: Robert Steele) as Herman – a stone-cold contract killer.
- Harry Wilson as B.J. – Herman’s side kick.. You’ll notice him – quite a familiar face.. - though he is hiding it in the picture above.. But at least you can spot Bob Steele..
- King Donovan - another familiar face... - as Sgt. Whitlow - and in real life married to Imogene Coca.
- A rather young Zero Mostel doing a really good job as Big Babe Lazick..
- The amazing performance of Ted de Corsia! He goes from scared to death back to ice cold and again back to very nervous. This, folks, is brilliancy!
I might be wrong but I think he is speaking with an accent in the original version – he isn’t in the German dubbing. What I found quite ok – because an accent doesn’t matter here at all, does it? But as I said - I could be completely wrong..
- You know what: Whatch out for the whole cast! A-MA-ZING!!
- This was Humphrey Bogart's last film for Warner Brothers.
- The German title is DER TIGER (= the tiger):
- Though Raoul Walsh did the major part of directing this film he didn't want to be credited for what he felt would be Bretaigne Windust's break through.
- The UK title is MURDER, INC. , the Italian LA CITTÀ È SALVA (= the city is save) and the French is LA FEMME À ABATTRE (I am pretty sure this means: The woman to be killed).
- ... are a fan of real life crime adaptations like PUBLIC ENEMIES (2009) ~ watch that one!! Please!!! ~ or BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967).
- ... want to see Zero Mostel in a not so funny part.
- ... are fine with brutality that - compared to today's standards - is less shown than happening in your head ..
- ... are fond of tough dialogues - real snappy dialogues.. classic film noir dialogues:
Babe Lazich: "Who calls him on the phone?"
Philadelphia: "If you're a good swimmer you can ask the guy who found out. He's at the bottom of the river."
- The language the gangsters use is based on that what the actual mobsters used: "hit" and "contract" for "victim" and "murder". Public learned those meanings during the trial of Louis "Lepke" Buchalter.
He was the model for the film character Mendozza. "Lepke" is a Yiddish affectionate form for Louis - like "my little Louis" - though Buchalter was no small fish in the pond of "Murder, inc."..
- The district attorney Ferguson is based on Burton Turkus - the attorney back then during the trial - whose book was released about the same time than this film. In 1952 he hosted a TV show and became known as MR. ARSENIC.
- Rico is based on Abe "Kid Twist" Reles.
Like Rico he was about to testify - but fell out of a window of the suite where he was housed by the police. He died due to that - it was never stated wether it was an accident, suicide or a murder. The news papers titled very tastefully:"The canary who could sing but couldn't fly."His nick-name "Kid Twist" is said to be related to his use of a rope to kill his victims.
It's a bit short and the quality is mediocre - but it was the best I was able to find..
- The song, which is played on the sidewalk loudspeakers is KISS ME SWEET.
- The originaly score was written by David Buttolph.
I don't think that the production was very expensive - but it really is a great bit of cinematography. And this cast.. outstanding! The story is rather modern - and I can imagine a remake of this film quite well.