Broderick Crawford is fine as a cop who poses as a hood to overthrow racketeers who've been shaking down dock workers on the waterfront. Fist fights, gunfire and some salty dialog and sexy interludes involving Crawford with Lynne Baggett enliven the proceedings considerably.

Broderick Crawford is fine as a cop who poses as a hood to overthrow racketeers who’ve been shaking down dock workers on the waterfront. Fist fights, gunfire and some salty dialog and sexy interludes involving Crawford with Lynne Baggett enliven the proceedings considerably.

Crawford, altar-bound, gets called back to track the responsible party down, the victim being a brother cop. Difficult-to-find trail leads him to New Orleans and back to his starting point, California, right into the police department itself.

Scripter William Bowers has studded the Ferguson Findley original [novel Waterfront] with some logically developed clues designed to throw the customers off the track. It’s definitely a surprise when the true culprit is exposed.

Betty Buehler is thoroughly sympathetic as Crawford’s girl friend, and Baggett and Jean Alexander as manbait planted to distract Crawford from his pursuits spark the distaff end expertly.

The Mob

Production

Columbia. Director Robert Parrish; Producer Jerry Bresler; Screenplay William Bowers; Camera Joseph Walker; Editor Charles Nelson; Music George Duning; Art Director Cary Odell

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Broderick Crawford Betty Buehler Richard Kiley Neville Brand Ernest Borgnine Matt Crowley
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