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Portrait of a Mobster (1961)

This movie portrays the rise and fall of 1920s gangster Dutch Schultz. While building his own mob ring, he romances Iris, the daughter of a man he killed. When Iris marries a cop, Schultz ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Howard Browne, Harry Grey (book)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vic Morrow ... Dutch Schultz
Leslie Parrish ... Iris Murphy
Peter Breck ... Frank Brennan
Norman Alden ... Bo Wetzel
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... Michael Ferris
Ken Lynch ... Lieutenant D. Corbin
Frank DeKova ... Anthony Parazzo
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Guthrie
Joseph Gallison Joseph Gallison ... Vincent Coll
Ray Danton ... 'Legs' Diamond
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry J. Blake ... John Murphy (as Larry Blake)
Anthony Eisley ... Legal Advisor
Eddie Hanley Eddie Hanley ... Matty Krause
Harry Holcombe ... Capt. Bayridge
Jon Kowal Jon Kowal ... Lou Rhodes (as John Kowal)
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This movie portrays the rise and fall of 1920s gangster Dutch Schultz. While building his own mob ring, he romances Iris, the daughter of a man he killed. When Iris marries a cop, Schultz makes sure the cop goes bad and takes kickbacks from Schultz's organization. Iris goes back to the arms of Schultz, not knowing he's the man who killed her father. Written by Sooz <sumaree@inetnebr.com>

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The screen puts on brass knuckles and a bulletproof vest to tell the Dutch Schultz story all the way! See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1961 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

I symmoria ton 5 politeion See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although he received screen credit as composer, Max Steiner did not score this picture. Cues from his previous Warner scores were used. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, the water running into the sewer indicates it is a street in New York City. The actual murders took place in Newark, New Jersey. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Projectionist (1970) See more »

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Good Little Movie, But Morrow Deserved Better
5 August 2005 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Portrait Of a Mobster is a good little movie about the rise and fall of gangster Dutch Schultz, and is a fairly typical example of the nostalgic gangster films of the late fifties and early sixties, many of them biographies of famous criminals (Al Capone, Legs Diamond, Arnold Rothstein). What distinguishes this film is that its lead actor, Vic Morrow, was more talented than most, and deserved a better picture. The production values of the movie are decent but hardly spectacular, and are roughly on par with the TV shows its studio, Warner Brothers, was producing at around the same time, especially The Roaring Twenties, which this movie could almost be an offshoot of. Many studio contractees have key supporting parts in the film. But it's Morrow's complex and serious performance that holds the movie together and gives it a touch of class. Morrow was in some ways like Jeff Bridges in being a deadly seriously dramatic actor who seldom, if ever, relied on charm. Like so many gifted actors he went the television route and a year after this film was cast as one of the leads in the popular Combat! series, which ran for several seasons and made Morrow somewhat of a star. He continued to work regularly thereafter, always doing first rate, sometimes exceptional work (check out his chilling performance in The Glass House). But Morrow never really had much of a movie career after his small screen success, becoming a reliable actor on mostly made-for-TV movies. He died fairly young in a freak accident involving a helicopter while working on a movie. One wonders what might have happened to Morrow had he stuck to making films, staking his claim as a serious actor on stage and screen. We'll never know, but his work in Portrait Of a Mobster offers a tantalizing glimpse of the star Morrow might have been.


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