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Portrait of a Mobster Details

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Prolific director [[Performer~P106323~Joseph Pevney~josephpevney]] is better known for his next venture -- the Star Trek television series -- than this conventional docudrama on mobster "Dutch" Schultz (played by [[Performer~P103603~Vic Morrow~vicmorrow]]). Rather than take the focus of 1997's [[Feature~V158646~Hoodlum~hoodlum]], in which Schultz's attempt to move into Harlem is thwarted, the events leading to the demise of the nearly illiterate, Bronx-born, "king of beer" are stressed. His affair with Iris Murphy ([[Performer~P55207~Leslie Parrish~leslieparrish]]) also gets front-and-center treatment when Iris leaves her policeman husband to hook up with Schultz, only to degenerate into alcoholism. To the credit of the director, the repugnant Schultz (whose real name was Arthur Flegenheimer) is not romanticized, even though the legend of his "buried treasure" and the literary non-sequitur of his famous, 1935 deathbed ramblings would tend to lure anyone into digressions. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast

Vic Morrow
as "Dutch Schultz"
Leslie Parrish
as Iris Murphy
Peter Breck
as Frank Brennan
Norman Alden
as Bo Wetzel
Robert McQueeney
as Michael Ferris
Evan McCord
as Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll
Frances Morris
as Louise Murphy
Joe Turkel
as Joe Noe
Jon Kowal
as Lou Rhodes
Ray Danton
as Legs Diamond
Gil Perkins
as Joe Murdoch
Ken Lynch
as Lt. D. Corbin
Anthony Eisley
as Legal Advisor
Poncie Ponce
as Master of Ceremonies
Frank de Kova
as Anthony Parazzo

Crew

Joseph Pevney
Director
Howard Browne
Screenwriter
Gene Polito
Cinematographer
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Poplin
Art Director
Howard Shoup
Costume Designer
Gordon Bau
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