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The Enforcer Details

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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. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Cast

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

Crew

Bretaigne Windust
Director
Milton Sperling
Producer
Martin Rackin
Screenwriter
Robert Burks
Cinematographer
David Buttolph
Composer (Music Score)
Fred Allen
Editor
Dolph Thomas
Sound/Sound Designer
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