The Undercover Man

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  • Thrillers
A superior crime thriller in the semi-documentary style beloved by Hollywood in the late '40s. With the Big Fellow clearly inspired by Capone (he's prosecuted for tax evasion when normal policing methods fail to nail him), and Glenn Ford's Federal Treasury agent wading through piles of paperwork (as well as resorting to the customary action-packed physical pursuit), it achieves an authenticity rare in the genre. Perhaps even more impressive is the acknowledgment that mob crime affects not only cops and criminals, but innocents too: witnesses are silenced, bystanders injured. And Lewis - one of the B movie greats - directs in admirably forthright, muscular fashion, making superb use of Burnett Guffey's gritty monochrome camerawork.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph H Lewis
Screenwriter: Sydney Boehm, Malvin Wald
Cast: Glenn Ford
Nina Foch
James Whitmore
Barry Kelley
Howard St John
David Wolfe
Leo Penn
Anthony Caruso
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