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Vice Squad

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The life of a captain of detectives during the course of an ordinary day.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Edward G. Robinson, Paulette Goddard, K.T. Stevens
  • Directors: Arnold Laven
  • Writers: Lawrence Roman, Leslie T. White
  • Producers: Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy, Sol Lesser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TMXYRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2012
It was 1953 when Edward G. Robinson, known for his gangster roles in "Little Caesar", "Key Largo" and star of hit films such as "Double Indemnity", "The Stranger" and "The Ten Commandments" would appear in a detective film known as "Vice Squad".

The film is a film adaptation of Leslie T. White's "Harness Bull" and was directed by Arnold Laven ("The Rifleman", "The Big Valley", "Geronimo") and written by Lawrence Roman ("A Kiss Before Dying", "Under the Yum Yum Tree".

Along with Robinson, the film would also feature actress Paulette Goddard, actress and Chaplin muse who starred in films such as "Modern Times", "The Great Dictator", "Second Chorus", "Pot o' Gold".

The police drama follows the day in the life of Capt. Barnaby (played by Edward G. Robinson) and is shot almost in a docudrama style.

The film begins with two thieves known as Barkis & Monty are trying to break into a car, meanwhile at a building nearby, a well-respected funeral director named Jack Hartrampf (played by Porter Hall) is having a fun time (and having an affair) with a woman named Vicki Webb (played by Joan Vohs). As he tries to leave the area without anyone seeing him, he sees a police officer Kellogg trying to arrest one of the car thieves, while one of them is hiding. The hiding thief shoots the police officer and the thieves leave with the stolen car.

As Kellogg screams for help, Jack comes to his aid and other police officers show up and see him next to the officer and arrest him.

The film then shifts to a police precinct as Capt. Barnaby comes to the office hearing that one of his officers is in the hospital and fighting for his life and we see how operations are going on at the office. Throughout the day, we see see Capt.
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Vice Squad is among the better 1950's film noir movies because of the performances and, particularly, Hershel Burke Gilbert's dramatic music score. Spaghetti western fans will recognize Lee Van Cleef (Angel Eyes, Colonel Douglas Mortimer), who was still playing "second bad guy from the left" roles in the 50's.

Burke's score alternates between a heroic police motif and a "criminal" theme that borders on outright vindictiveness--appropriate for the bank robbing gang that dominates the subplots. The score later turned up in episodes of "The Rifleman", for which Gilbert wrote the theme and underscore.

This film's script and plot are refreshingly less predictable than most in this genre. Worth owning for old film buffs!
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Vice Squad is a police story with multiple storylines happening at once, all revolving around Captain Edward G. Robinson. The bad guys are planning a bank heist, but they won't let the police get in their way! Needless to say, Robinson is the man for the job. He's one step ahead of the crooks, the lawyers and the rest! It's easy to see how this film inspired a carload of TV shows in the same vein. It's excellent and you will not be disappointed.

Note: The DVD product is not being reviewed, simply the film. The Vice Squad speaks not of DVD, therefore we will not be bothered by it. Look Out!!!

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