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With huge TV audiences, cinema audiences dwindled, and most of the best crime entertainment in the sixties was in TV shows such as The Untouchables, with Robert Stack as tough-as-nails Eliot Ness, and Danger Man (shown in the US as Secret Agent), with Patrick McGoohan as John Drake. Such was their popularity that The Untouchables released a spin-off feature, The Scarface Mob (1959), while two colour Danger Man episodes ('Koroshi' and 'Shinda Shima') were glued together into a feature (released...

Criminal Record An Introduction To Crime Movies

Gangsterism and criminality in the nineteenth-century United States were associated with outlaws in the wild west bandits such as Jesse James and Butch Cassidy, folk heroes fronting gangs named the 'Hole-in-the-Wall' and the 'Wild Bunch'. But in the east, in the big cities, with their rising immigrant populations, gangs such as the Dead Rabbits, the Shirt Tails, the Plug Uglies and the Roach Guards were fighting turf wars on the streets of New York, as depicted in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New...

Aint so tough

Zanuck story John Bright and Kubec Glasmon screenplay Kubec Glasmon, John Bright and Harvey Thew director of photography Dev Jennings editor Ed McCormick art director Max Parker costume designers Earl Luick and Edward Stevenson James Cagney (Tom Powers) Jean Harlow (Gwen Allen) Edward Woods (Matt Doyle) Joan Blondell (Mamie) Beryl Mercer (Ma Powers) Donald Cook (Mike Powers, Tom's brother) Mae Clarke (Kitty) Mia Marvin (Jane) Leslie Fenton (Samuel 'Nails' Nathan)...

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The Untouchables gangster iconography adorns a fairground shooting gallery Robert Stack as Tommy-gun-toting Eliot Ness (photograph Clara Hughes). took place, after four long years of Beer War. On 14 February 1929, five gunmen, some disguised as cops, employed by mobster Al Capone ('Public Enemy Number One'), machine-gunned seven rival Irish gangsters. The victims were members of the North Siders, Bugs Moran's gang. They had met in Moran's bootlegging depot, the North Clark Street garage, to...

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) producer - Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman screenplay - Richard Maibaum and Simon Raven director of photography - Michael Reed editor - John Glen production designer - Syd Cain art director - Robert Laing costume designer - Marjory Cornelius music - John Barry Technicolor Panavision Interiors filmed at Pinewood Studio, Buckinghamshire George Lazenby (Commander James Bond) Diana Rigg (Contessa Teresa Di Vicenzo, known as Tracy) Telly Savalas (Ernst...

Made it Ma Top of the world

Screenplay - Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts director of photography - Sid Hickcox editor - Owen Marks art director - Edward Carrere costumes - Leah Rhodes music - Max Steiner Black and white Interiors filmed at Warner Bros Studios A Warner Brothers-First National production Released by Warner Bros 110 minutes Cast James Cagney (Arthur Cody Jarrett) Virginia Mayo (Verna Jarrett) Edmond O'Brien (Hank Fallon alias 'Victor Pardo') Margaret Wycherly (Ma Jarrett) steve cochran (Big Ed somers) John Archer...

Point Blank

Producers Judd Bernard and Robert Chartoff screenplay Alexander Jacobs and David and Rafe Newhouse director of photography Philip H. Lathrop editor Henry Berman art director Albert Brenner and George W. Davis costume designer Margo Weintz music composer Johnny Mandel Panavision Metrocolor Interiors filmed at MGM Studios A Judd Bernard Irwin Winkler production Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 92 minutes Lee Marvin (Walker) Angie Dickinson (Chris) Keenan Wynn ('Yost', alias Fairfax) Carroll...

The shortest farewells are best

Director - John Huston executive producer Hal B. Wallis associate producer Henry Blanke story Dashiell Hammett screenplay John Huston director of photography Arthur Edison editor Thomas Richards art director Robert Haas costume designer Orry-Kelly music composer Adolph Deutsch music director Leo F. Forbstein Black and white Interiors filmed at Warner Bros Studios A Warner Bros-First National production Released by Warner Bros 100 minutes Cast Humphrey Bogart (Sam Spade, the private eye) Mary...

Youre either in or youre out

Director - Steven Soderbergh producer - Jerry Weintraub executive producers - John Hardy, Susan Elkins and Bruce Berman original story - George Clayton Johnson and Jack Golden Russell original 1960 screenplay - Harry Brown and Charles Lederer director of photography - Peter Andrews production designer - Philip Messina Interiors filmed at Infinite Horizon Studios and Universal Studios A Jerry Weintraub Section Eight Production Released by Warner Bros Pictures in association with Village Roadshow...

Im gonna make him an offer he cant refuse

Director - Francis Ford Coppola producer - Albert S. Ruddy associate producer - Gray Frederickson story - Mario Puzo screenplay - Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola director of photography - Gordon Willis editors - William Reynolds and Peter Zinner Marlon Brando (Don Vito Corleone) Al Pacino (Michael Corleone) James Caan (Santino 'Sonny' Corleone) Richard Castellano (Clemenza) Robert Duvall (Tom Hagan) Sterling Hayden (Captain McCluskey) John Marley (Jack Woltz) Richard Conte (Don Barzini)...

Get Carter

Director of photography Wolfgang Suschitsky production designer Assheton Gorton costumes Evangeline Harrison and Dougie Hayward music composer and conductor Roy Budd Michael Caine (Jack Carter) Ian Hendry (Eric Paice) Britt Ekland (Anna Fletcher) John Osborne (Cyril Kinnear) Tony Beckley (Peter the Dutchman) George Sewell (Con McCarty) Geraldine Moffatt (Glenda) Dorothy White (Margaret, Frank's lover) Rosemarie Durham (Edna, 'Las Vegas' landlady) Petra Markham (Doreen Carter) Alun Armstrong...

Dirty Harry

Story - Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink SCREENPLAY - Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink, Dean Reisner and John Milius director of photography - Bruce Surtees editor - Carl Pingitore art director - Dale Hennessey music composer and conductor - Lalo Schifrin Technicolor Panavision Interiors filmed at Universal Studios A Malpaso Warner Bros co-production Released by Warner Bros 102 minutes Cast Clint Eastwood (Inspector Harry Francis Callahan) Harry Guardino (Lieutenant Al Bressler) Reni Santoni...

Were all on the hustle

Director - Gordon Parks producer - Joel Freeman associate producer - David Golden (for Shaft Productions) story - Ernest Tidyman screenplay - Ernest Tidyman and John D.F. Black director of photography - Urs Furrer A Sterling Silliphant-Roger Lewis Production Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Shaft Productions 98 minutes Cast Richard Roundtree (John Shaft) Moses Gunn (Bumpy Jonas) Charles Cioffi (Lieutenant Vic Androzzi, NYPD) Christopher St John (Ben Buford) Gwenn Mitchell (Ellie Moore) Lawrence...

The liars kiss that says I love you

Director and producer - Robert Aldrich executive producer- Victor Saville story - Mickey Spillane screenplay- A.I. Bezzerides director of photography - Ernest Laszlo editor - Michael Luciano art director - William Glasgow music - Frank DeVol Black and White Interiors filmed at Sutherland Studios A Parklane Pictures production Released by united Artists 105 minutes Cast Ralph Meeker (Mike Hammer) Albert Dekker (Doctor G.E. Soberin) Paul Stewart (Carl Evello) Maxine Cooper (Velda Wickman) Gaby...

Good Fellas

Director - Martin Scorsese producer - Irwin Winkler story - Nicholas Pileggi screenplay - Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese director of photography - Michael Ballhaus, ASC editor - Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE costumes - Susan O'Donnell and Thomas Lee Keller Technicolor An Irwin Winkler production Released by Warner Bros 148 minutes Cast Robert De Niro (James 'Jimmy the Gent' Conway) Ray Liotta (Henry Hill) Joe Pesci (Tommy DeVito) Lorraine Bracco (Karen Hill) Paul Sorvino (Paul 'Paulie' Cicero)...

Forget it Jake its

Erickson director of photography John A. Alonzo production designer Richard Sylbert Interiors filmed at Paramount Studios A Long Road Production presented by Paramount-Penthouse Released by Paramount Pictures 125 minutes Cast Jack Nicholson (Jake J. Gittes) Faye Dunaway (Evelyn Cross Mulwray) John Huston (Noah Cross) Perry Lopez (Lieutenant Lou Escobar) John Hillerman (Russ Yelburton) Darrell Zwerling (Hollis I. Mulwray) Diana Ladd (Ida Sessions) Roy Jenson (claude...

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Philippa Brewster, my editor at I.B.Tauris, for initiating the Crime Wave project, and for her ideas and support throughout its writing. Thanks also to Deborah Susman, Paul Davighi, Hannah Ross and Stuart Weir at I.B.Tauris, and to Robert Hastings at Dexter Haven Associates. Thanks to Andrew Hanratty for additional research, for loaning me various essential source movies and for his restoration work on the posters and stills reproduced here. All illustrative material is...

Welcome To The Underworld

The underworld of crime, the 'city under the city', is a shadowy world, full of unpleasant, untrustworthy people. But for some reason, crime movies hold a special place in cinema audiences' affections. Many of the highest-grossing, most popular US films of all time fall into this category The Godfather films, Pulp Fiction, and various stellar, all-action cops and robbers movies, often depicting the perfect crime. Something about breaking the law and getting away with it seems to appeal to...

The Godfather Part II

Director and producer Francis Ford Coppola co-producers Gray Frederickson and Fred Roos associate producer Mona Skeger story Mario Puzo screenplay Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola director of photography Gordon Willis editors Peter Zinner, Barry Malkin and Richard Marks production designer Dean Tavoularis Interiors filmed at American Zoetrope A Paramount Coppola Company Production Released by Paramount Pictures 200 minutes Cast Al Pacino Michael Corleone Robert Duvall Tom Hagan Diane Keaton...

Crime Wave Top Tens

The films, selected from international sources, are arranged in order of preference director and original release year in parenthesis. Andrew is a writer and broadcaster, and film editor at the Radio Times. He is the author of Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, Where Did It All Go Right and Billy Bragg Still Suitable for Miners. The Godfather The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola, 1972 74 Double Indemnity Billy Wilder, 1944 The French Connection William Friedkin, 1971 Reservoir Dogs Quentin...

Lethal Weapon

Producers - Richard Donner and Joel Silver director of photography - Stephen Goldblatt production designer - J. Michael Riva music composers - Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton Interiors filmed at Warner Bros Studios A Warner Bros-Silver Pictures production Released by Warner Bros 110 minutes Cast Mel Gibson Martin Riggs Danny Glover Roger Murtaugh Gary Busey Mr Joshua, the albino Mitchell Ryan General Peter McAllister Tom Akins Michael Hunsaker Darlene Love Trish Murtaugh Traci Wolfe Rhianne...

LA Confidential

Producers - Curtis Hanson, Arnon Milchan and Michael Nathanson story - James Ellroy screenplay - Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson director of photography - Dante Spinotti Interiors filmed at Lacy Street Production Centre A Regency Enterprises Arnon Milchan David L. Wolper production Released by Warner Bros 137 minutes Cast Kevin Spacey Sergeant Jack Vincennes Russell Crowe Officer Wendell 'Bud' White Guy Pearce Detective Lieutenant Edmund Exley James Cromwell Captain Dudley Smith Kim Basinger...

High Sierra

Associate producer - Mark Hellinger for First National screenplay - John Huston and W.R. Burnett director of photography - Tony Gaudio editor - Jack Killifer art director - Ted Smith costume designer - Milo Anderson music composer - Adolph Deutsch Black and white Interiors filmed at Warner Bros Studios A Warner Bros-First National production Released by Warner Bros 100 minutes Cast Ida Lupino Marie Garson Humphrey Bogart 'Mad Dog' Roy Earl Alan Curtis 'Babe' Kozak Arthur Kennedy 'Red' Hattery...

Fat Moes boneyard boys

Once Upon a Time in America 1984 director - Sergio Leone executive producer - Claudio Mancini producer - Arnon Milchan story - Harry Grey screenplay - Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Franco Arcalli, Franco Ferrini and Sergio Leone additional dialogue - Stuart Kaminsky director of photography - Tonino Delli Colli music composer and conductor - Ennio Morricone Interiors filmed at Cinecitta Studios, Rome 229 minutes English-language director's cut Robert De Niro David...