Another Spectacular Film Noir of Humphrey Bogart (by claudio_carvalho)
Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson Humphrey Bogart has the chance for sending the criminal Albert Mendoza Everett Sloane to the electric chair. He depends on the testimony of Mendoza's right arm Joseph Rico Ted De Corsia , who is so scared that commits a mistake and dies. Ferguson reads all the case again and again trying to find a new evidence or witness and through flashbacks, the viewer sees what has happened until the death of Rico. Will Ferguson find a missing point? "The Enforcer" is one of those unforgettable films that you can see many times since there are many details. <more>
It is a masterpiece with a tight story, top-notch screenplay and excellent performances, with another great direction of Raoul Walsh. The plot is constructed like a puzzle through flashbacks; the black & white cinematography is fantastic, with the use of shadows specially in the exterior scenes; the conclusion is tense. Fans of film noir and police story will certainly enjoy this unknown jewel. My vote is ten.Title Brazil : 'Um Preço Para Cada Crime' 'A Price For Each Crime' Note: On 09 October 2016, I saw this film again.
This film has a great cast of super stars, Humphrey Bogart Dist.Atty.Martin Ferguson "The Caine Mutiny"'54 who wears a bow-tie and was in the prime of his acting career which ended in 1957. He had great supporting actors namely: Zero Mostel Big Babe Lazich "Fiddler On The Roof"'64; Everett Sloane Albert Mendoza "Somebody Up There Likes Me" '56'; Jack Lambert Tom Zaca "Riverboat'59" TV Series '59-'61 who played gangster and hoodlum roles in Western's for many years. Tito Vuolo Tony Vetto was the top gangster who gave <more>
Martin Ferguson a hard time. If you look close enough, you will see Veteran actor Bob Steele a great actor of the 30's and 40's mostly appeared in Western's If you like Bogart and good actors from the past, by all means view this film!
The Enforcer, whose French title is La femme à abattre, plays often to packed houses in Paris. More than one French critic has called the film a gem un joyau among film noir classics. Indeed, its popularity in France says lots about pure plot lines and straightforward characterizations which make the film accessible to non-English-speaking audiences. As many readers know, the French are crazy about American film noir, and it's common to see parents bring their children to see movies like The Enforcer. I recently sat next to such a family when the film played in March 2003 at the Grand <more>
Action cinéma in Paris. It was almost moving to hear the father explain to his son that they would be seeing a film which, in his words, is a classic with great insights in the American psyche. Hearing them speak made me wonder how many American families use films of decades past to teach their children about the world in which we live.By the way, the three cinémas in the Action chain in Paris regularly play American films noirs and other classic American movies, many of them in newly restored versions.Don Ediger
An unfairly neglected Bogart film. (by CoolidgeCorner)
This little movie may not be any Maltese Falcon, but it's a more than decent post-Casablanca Bogie flick. Quite well done and worth your time. Supposedly Raoul Walsh directed much of it, uncredited. While I don't know if this is true, it would certainly explain why the film is so entertaining.
Above-average crime movie, a product of its time (by aromatic-2)
Bogey is superb as a crusading D.A. matching wits and organizations with evil crime lord Everett Sloane in a chillingly believable performance . Many terrific character actors on both sides of the law lend support. And the film does not play softball with the manner in which women inevitably are the victim's of men's violence. Well worth watching, this makes an excellent companion piece to "Knock On Any Door."
Crime, Kefauver & Killing By Contract (by seymourblack-1)
"The Enforcer" is a gripping tale about an investigation into the activities of a crime syndicate boss and the efforts of an Assistant D.A. to bring him to justice. The criminal in question was the head of a group of contract killers who carried out murders to order and avoided detection because their operatives never had any connection with their victims and so there were never any known motives or obvious leads for the authorities to follow up in their investigations. This concept, although very familiar to audiences today, was something very topical at the time of the film's <more>
release and also a matter of great public interest.In the period immediately before the release of "The Enforcer", Senate Committee hearings on organised crime were chaired by Senator Estes Kefauver. These hearings were given national television coverage during a period when the medium was very new to most viewers and the revelations about the pervasive nature of organised crime and the existence of the outfit known as "Murder Incorporated" attracted extremely large audiences. It was during these broadcasts that the general public first became aware of some of the jargon used by hired killers and "The Enforcer" is credited as being the first movie to feature the words "contract", "hit" and "fingerman" in this context.After a four year investigation into the activities of crime boss Albert Mendoza Everett Sloane , Assistant D.A. Martin Ferguson Humphrey Bogart has a witness who has agreed to testify that he saw Mendoza kill a man. When the witness, Joe Rico Ted de Corsia , dies suddenly as the result of an accident, Ferguson and Police Captain Frank Nelson Roy Roberts undertake a meticulous review of their investigation to date to try to find another piece of information which could lead to them being able to get Mendoza convicted.The case files confirm that the investigation started when a frantic young man called "Duke" Malloy Lawrence Tolan visited a police station and reported that he's been forced to kill his girlfriend. It transpired that he was a hired killer who'd fallen in love with his intended victim and when he'd initially refused to go through with the job, he'd been pressured by other gang members into completing the contract. The overwrought Malloy hanged himself in a police cell and the investigation that followed involved police officers in gathering information from a variety of people including Malloy's fellow gang members.Ferguson and Nelson's review eventually brings to light the name of another person who would be a perfect witness but unfortunately Mendoza becomes aware of this person's identity at the same and this leads to a desperate race against time for the police to find the potential witness before Mendoza's men do.The movie's structure is interesting as an account of the police investigation is given in flashback with the stories of each of the interviewees often constituting a flashback within a flashback. The action is delivered with a good deal of pace and tension and despite the story's closeness to real events, the movie's style is always entertaining and not overly solemn in the way that some docu-noirs can be.The colourful collection of characters featured in "The Enforcer" are brought to life vividly by the excellent cast and Humphrey Bogart is especially good as a man who is extremely determined and powerfully focused on his task but is nevertheless also very controlled and methodical when necessary.
Humphrey Bogart and Film Noir....what more could you want?! (by MartinHafer)
In 1949, Humphrey Bogart starred as a prosecutor in KNOCK ON ANY DOOR. The movie, in my opinion, was pretty lousy, as Bogart was amazingly "touchy-feely" and the film complained about how society is to blame for young hoodlums. However, with THE ENFORCER, once again Bogey was a prosecutor but with a much harder and clearly Film Noir edge. Instead of crusading to understand why young punks kill, this prosecutor was concerned with unraveling an organized crime racket whose income came through contract killings--talk about a change! The film begins with the only witness against the <more>
head of this organized crime ring practically crawling out of his skin because he's so worried about being killed before he can testify in court. Through an accident, he does die and the case against "Mr. Big" seems dead. So, Bogey and his assistant review the case from the beginning and then all the things leading up to the current prosecution are shown step-by-step. It's a nice way to see how the process works and it manages to be tense and entertaining throughout. Because of the great camera work, snappy dialog and gritty no-holds-barred approach, this is clearly a Noir film.The only negative about the film, and it's a tiny one, is that while Bogart's character is the prosecutor, he sure acts like a police detective! No sane prosecutor is going to take such risks and go on cases to investigate, as that clearly was the job of the cops. Still, if you ignore this small detail, it makes for a very dandy and satisfying film. Oddly, while an excellent movie, it is probably among the actors least famous and recognized films.Finally, get a load of Everett Sloane in the film. This unassuming character actor sure plays against type in this movie--and it was surprising to see him in the role of Mr. Mendoza.
This obviously is not one of Bogart's most famous films, it should be cause it is an entertaining film noir that holds your interest from start to finish. They don't make 'em like this anymore. The plot involves Bogart as a D.A., whose star witness in bringing the head of a murder racket to justice dies before the trial. In a lengthy flashback, Bogart retraces the case from the beginning, looking for some bit of testimony that might help him nail the killer before he gets set free. Bogart is good as his usual tough-guy self, and is trying to prosecute the boss man of a Murder <more>
Incorporated type of crime organization but keeps running into road blocks with people getting killed. Bogie plays it well although Bogie could play Mary Poppins and make it look good.At the end Bogie does what Bogie does well. This is a great movie. If you are a Bogart fan, this is a must have.