The Enforcer (1951)

The Enforcer (1951) Movie

The Enforcer

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Release Date
(USA) - 25 January 1951
(USA) - 24 February 1951
(France) - 7 September 1951
(Norway) - 24 September 1951
(West Germany) - 9 November 1951

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87 85 (TCM print)

"If you're smart you'll come down - if you're dumb you'll be dead..." (one-sheet poster) HUMPHREY BOGART As The Double-Fisted District Attorney Who Matched Bullet For Bullet With A Nationwide Network Of Killers-For-Hire! (One-sheet poster)

1950s, attorney, barber-shop, change-of-identity, cigarette-smoking, contract, contract-killer, contract-killing, death, district-attorney, ensemble-cast, escape-attempt, eye-witness, falling-from-height, falling-to-death, fatal-accident, flashback, flashback-within-a-flashback, hit, hitman, homicide, ice-pick, ice-pick-murder, insane-asylum, insanity


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Cast of The Enforcer

  1. Bartell, Richard as (uncredited) [Police Records Clerk]
  2. Beddoe, Don as [Thomas O'Hara] <10>
  3. Bogart, Humphrey as [Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson] <1>
  4. Burt, Benny as (uncredited) [Bit Man]
  5. Dayton, Danny as (uncredited) [Digger]
  6. de Corsia, Ted as (as Ted De Corsia) [Joseph Rico] <3>
  7. Dillon, Tom (I) as (uncredited) [Policeman]
  8. Donovan, King as [Sgt. Whitlow] <7>
  9. Dunn, Ralph as (uncredited) [Sergeant James Dolan]
  10. Dupuis, Art as (uncredited) [Jail Keeper]
  11. Foster, Alan (I) as (uncredited) [Shorty Schultz]
  12. Graham, Tim (I) as (uncredited) [Police Chemist]
  13. Hale, Creighton as (uncredited) [Music Store Clerk]
  14. Hamilton, Chuck (I) as (uncredited) [Policeman]
  15. Kellett, Pete as (uncredited) [Intern]
  16. Kellogg, John (I) as [Vince] <12>
  17. Lally, Mike (I) as (uncredited) [Detective]
  18. Lambert, Jack (I) as [Philadelphia Tom Zaca] <13>
  19. Launders, Perc as (uncredited) [Police Sergeant]
  20. Lettieri, Louis as (uncredited) [Louis Lazick]
  21. Max, Edwin as (uncredited) [Sad Eyes - Undertaker]
  22. Maxwell, John (IV) as (uncredited) [State Asylum Doctor]
  23. McCullough, Philo as (uncredited) [Detective Frank]
  24. McMahon, David (I) as (uncredited) [Police Officer]
  25. Meader, George as (uncredited) [Medical Examiner]
  26. Mitchell, Howard M. as (uncredited) [Fire Chief]
  27. Morley, Jay as (uncredited) [Policeman]
  28. Mostel, Zero as [Big Babe Lazick] <2>
  29. Mower, Jack as (uncredited) [Police Detective]
  30. Pittman, Montgomery as (uncredited) [Intern]

  31. All Cast

Genres in The Enforcer

  1. Crime
  2. Drama
  3. Film-Noir

Plot of The Enforcer

After years of pursuit, Assistant D.A. Martin Ferguson has a good case against Murder, Inc. boss Albert Mendoza. Mendoza is in jail and his lieutenant Joseph Rico is going to testify. But Rico falls Full Plot >>

Business of The Enforcer

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Certificate of The Enforcer

PG (Canada)(Ontario)
16 (West Germany)(nf)
PG (UK)(video rating) (1989) (2006)
X (UK)(original rating) (1951) (passed with cuts)
-16 (France)
13 (Argentina)
PG (UK)(tv rating)
18 (Netherlands)(original rating) (1951) (passed with cuts)
M/12 (Portugal)
PG (Australia)
16 (Norway)(original rating)
(Banned) (Sweden)(1951-1960)
15 (Sweden)(re-rating)
Approved (USA)(PCA #14747)
(Banned) (Finland)

Composers of music of The Enforcer

  1. Buttolph, David

Cinematographers of The Enforcer

  1. Burks, Robert (director of photography)

Distributors of The Enforcer

Arthaus Filmverleih [de] - (2012) (Germany) (DVD)
Artisan Home Entertainment [us] - (2003) (USA) (DVD)
Die Lupe [de] - (1951) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Kinowelt Home Entertainment [de] - (2000) (Germany) (VHS)
MGM/UA Home Entertainment [us] - (19??) (USA) (VHS)
Motion Picture Export Association (MPEA) [at] - (1952) (Austria) (theatrical)
Olive Films [us] - (2012) (Canada) (DVD) (DVD and Blu-ray)
Olive Films [us] - (2012) (USA) (DVD) (DVD and Blu-ray)
Republic Pictures Home Video [br] - (19??) (Brazil) (VHS)
Republic Pictures Home Video [us] - (19??) (USA) (VHS)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1951) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [fr] - (1951) (France) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [nl] - (1951) (Netherlands) (theatrical)

Editors of The Enforcer

  1. Allen, Fred (II)

Quotes of The Enforcer

[Big Babe Lazich has just been invited to join Rico's gang. While he is waiting, he notices that Rico is always on the phone]
Babe Lazich: Who calls him on the phone?
Philadelphia Tom Zaca: If you're a good swimmer, you can ask the guy who found out. He's at the bottom of the river. [He grins]

Joseph Rico: I'm forgetful. Sometimes I meet a guy and then I never see him again. I got a big turnover in friends.

[Albert Mendoza is about to be freed and Ferguson decides to show him pictures of his victims as a farewell present]
D.A. Martin Ferguson: You think you can shut people up by killing them, but you're wrong. Maybe not in the courtroom but they'll be talkin' to you, Mendoza! At night when you're trying to sleep!

[Ferguson has just saved the sole survivor of Mendoza's killings, Angela Vetto, from being killed, just before Mendoza is about to be set free. He recalls Rico's description of Mendoza's first killing which Angela had witnessed saying that she was, "Starin' at him with her big blue eyes!"]
D.A. Martin Ferguson: C'mon, Miss Vetto. I want to see the look on Mendoza's face when he looks into those big blue eyes.

[Rico is convinced that Mendoza has escaped from Full Quotes >>

Other Titles of The Enforcer

  1. Der Tiger (1951) (ENG)

  2. Der Tiger (1951) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  3. Der Tiger (1992) (ENG)
    (Germany) (imdb display title)

  4. La città è salva (1951) (ENG)

  5. Murder, Inc. (1951) (ENG)

Trivia of The Enforcer

- After several days of filming, director 'Bretaigne Windust' (qv) fell seriously ill and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv) asked his old friend, director 'Raoul Walsh' (qv), to come in and shoot the picture until Windust recovered. Unfortunately, Windust was more seriously ill than most realized, and his recovery took several months, during which Walsh finished the film. However, Walsh refused to take screen credit for it, saying that the picture was Windust's big break and he wasn't going to take it away from him.

- 'Everett Sloane' (qv), who plays the kingpin of the underworld in this movie, provided the voice of do-gooder Dick Tracy in the 1961 cartoon shorts based loosely on the Chester Gould comic strip. Full Trivia >>