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Tony Curtis stars as the feared leader of "Murder Incorporated" in this underworld drama based on the life of Louis "Lepke" Buchalter. Lepke began his criminal career as a petty thief in his teens; a stretch in prison taught him the finer points of life on the wrong side of the law. After getting out of jail, Lepke and his pal Gurrah Shapiro (Warren Berlinger) join a gang who hire themselves out as strikebreakers, and the vicious but clever Lepke soon rises through the ranks. Lepke makes powerful friends with mob kingpins "Lucky" Luciano (Vic Tayback) and Albert Anastasia (Gianni Russo), and when high-ranking but deranged gangster "Dutch" Schultz (John Durren) announces he's going to kill District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey (Richard C. Adams), Lepke is chosen to rub "Dutch" out. Lepke handles the assignment well, and he's able to strike up a deal with the various Mafia families -- he'll form a separate organization to handle executions and assassinations, and he'll hire out his services to any mobsters who need it, provided the mob bosses approve the killings. Between "Murder Incorporated" and a drug ring operated with Luciano, Lepke has become a wealthy and important man in the underworld, but ironically he finds soon himself himself investigated by the man whose life he unwittingly saved -- Dewey. Lepke also features comedian and impressionist Vaughn Meader as the voice of Walter Winchell. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Tony Curtis
as Louis "Lepke" Buchalter
Anjanette Comer
as Bernice Meyer
Michael Callan
as Robert Kane
Warren Berlinger
as Gurrah Shapiro
Gianni Russo
as Albert Anastasia
Vic Tayback
as Lucky Luciano
Milton Berle
as Mr. Meyer
Lillian Adams
as Mama Meyer
Simmy Bow
as Tannenbaum
Guy Christopher
as Reporter
Albert Cole
as Gross
John Durren
as Dutch Schultz
Louis Guss
as Max Rubin
Crane Jackson
as Judge
Zitto Kazann
as Abe "Kid Twist" Reles
Barry Miller
as Young Lepke
Johnny Silver
as Schwartz
Jack Tesler
as Feldman
Johnny Silver
as Schwartz
Lillian Adams
as Mama Meyer
Barry Miller
as Young Lepke
Simmy Bow
as Tannenbaum
Crane Jackson
as Judge
John Durren
as Dutch Schultz
Zitto Kazann
as Abe "Kid Twist" Reles
Guy Christopher
as Reporter
Albert Cole
as Gross
Louis Guss
as Max Rubin

Crew

Menahem Golan
Director
Menahem Golan
Producer
Yoram Globus
Producer
Tamar Simon Hoffs
Screenwriter
Andrew Davis
Cinematographer
Ken Wannberg
Composer (Music Score)
Aaron Stell
Editor
Dov Hoenig
Editor
Jackson de Govia
Production Designer
George Wilbur
Stunts
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