33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Gritty crime film well worth a look,
This review is from: The Enforcer  [DVD] (DVD)
"The Enforcer" was directed by Bretaigne Windust (and Raoul Walsh, uncredited) in 1951 and starred Humphrey Bogart in the lead role as a District Attorney attempting to send a crime organization boss to the chair. Its loosely based on an organization, dubbed Murder Inc. by the press, who in the 1930's and 40's performed contract killings for the mob in the New York area. It is believed that they performed hundreds of such 'contracts'. "The Enforcer" is a gritty crime film with strong elements of film noir in many scenes which follows the investigation through a series of flashback sequences which is similar to Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) and The Killers (Siodmak, 1946). While the direction is a bit rough around the edges, relying on some docu-noir techniques in many scenes, it is however an engaging film. What is interesting about this film and what makes it a somewhat menacing film is the weapons of choice in this organization: Knives and Icepicks. While you don't actually see any of the killings, it is implied and that makes it all the more menacing.
This is a good film and should appeal to fans of gangster films and film noir of the period.
The DVD transfer is not brilliant but it doesn't show any major damage.