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A reformed mob accountant tries to get to his gangster brother before the criminals can.
Eddie Rico, owner of a prosperous laundry company in Bayshore, Florida, is awakened early one morning by a phone call from Phil, a member of the crime syndicate for which he had been the accountant three years earlier. Phil only asks for a small favor, but the call upsets Eddie's wife Alice, who worries that Eddie will revive his association with the syndicate. A letter from Eddie's mother, stating that his two brothers, Gino and Johnny, have disappeared, causes further concern for the couple, who hope soon to adopt a child. Gino meets with Eddie and asks for help, as he must leave the country. He says he was the gunman for a gang killing, for which Johnny was the driver, and believes that the organization is after them. Eddie, who does not believe that the organization is out to get them, suggests that he cooperate with them. Ordered to Miami to meet with Uncle Sid Kubik, the syndicate's head, Eddie leaves despite his wife's objections that he will miss an adoption interview. In Miami, Kubik tells Eddie of his concern that Johnny has now disappeared and that Johnny's wife's brother has made a deal with the New York district attorney not to charge Johnny if he cooperates. Kubik professes to believe that Johnny would not squeal, but he insists that Eddie find Johnny and give him money to leave the country. After Eddie goes, Kubik enters another room, where he watches as Gino is tortured. Eddie flies to New York and visits his mother, who once took a bullet in the leg protecting Kubik. She now distrusts Kubik and does not want to tell Eddie the location from which Johnny last wrote; however, when Eddie warns that she will be the cause of Johnny's death, she breaks down and prays before a statue of the Virgin, then says that Johnny last wrote from El Camino, California at a farm belonging to Marco Felici. Eddie finds Johnny there and tries to convince him to leave the country. Johnny's wife Norah, who is pregnant, faints at the commotion and Johnny angrily orders Eddie to leave. At his hotel, when Eddie learns from Mike Lamotta, the organization's boss in the area, that Kubik has ordered Johnny killed, he realizes Kubik used him to locate Johnny. Mike asks Eddie to call Johnny to tell him to go quietly into one of their cars, but when Eddie calls and learns that Norah has given birth and that Johnny has named the boy after their father, Eddie instead advises him to run. Eddie is knocked out, and Lamotta picks up the phone and instructs Johnny for Norah's good to come quietly. After Johnny is killed, Lamotta's hood, Gonzales, is sent to accompany Eddie east by plane. Eddie learns that Gino also has been killed by the syndicate. In a men's room during a layover in Arizona, Eddie knocks out Gonzales and takes his gun. When Kubik learns that Eddie has escaped, an all-out search is launched. In New York, Eddie meets Alice at a rendezvous. He blames himself for his brothers' deaths and realizes he has to fight against the syndicate using his knowledge of their operations. He meets with Johnny's brother-in-law, Peter Malaks, and convinces him to meet him at a bank the next day, where he will withdraw money for Johnny's son, for his mother and for Alice. He plans to have Malaks set up an appointment with the district attorney, and hopes Malaks will see that Alice gets out of the country safely. At the bank, Eddie puts his money into three envelopes and gives one to Alice and one to Malaks. That night, Eddie gives his mother the last envelope. Thinking that Johnny's death is her fault, Mama Rico asks for a reason to live. Eddie tells her about Johnny's newborn son, whom he hopes can live without fear like a decent human being. Kubik arrives and Mama Rico, in a rage, rushes at him and calls him an animal. One of Kubik's men pushes her away and Eddie shoots him. Kubik then shoots Eddie in the stomach, but Eddie kills Kubik. With Eddie's help, the district attorney triumphs over the crime syndicate. Eddie and Alice, armed with a letter from the district attorney, now go to a children's home hoping to adopt a child.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||not available|
|Release Date:||1957||Production Date:||
|Color/B&W:||Black and White||Distributions Co:||Columbia Pictures Corp.|
|Sound:||Mono||Production Co:||William Goetz Productions, Inc.|
|Duration(feet):||8,228 or 8,231|
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This film is watchable, but it really is pretty hum-drum ho-hum. I just watched and let the movie play like it wanted to, but I never could join in....
Classic Karlson. Conte and cast are excellent.
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I thought it was good too. I wish James Darren had been in more of it but the two scenes he had were very strong scenes especially in light of this being...