The Enforcer (Vymahač)

The Enforcer
Program section: Special Screenings
Directed by: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh
Year: 1951
Country: USA
Length: 86 min.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane, Roy Roberts

Screening:

  • 20. 8. 2021 | 21:00 - Kašpar Sternberg Courtyard

District attorney Martin Ferguson (Humphrey Bogart) has a clearly defined deadline at the beginning of the story – on the eve of the trial of mob boss Albert Mendoza (Everett Sloane), he loses his crown witness (Ted De Corsia) and has to secure a new one by the morning. His repeatedly going through the interrogation tapes, which are layered into a series of flashbacks in the narrative, is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. The protagonist’s efforts to find connections in a series of seemingly unrelated murders, to uncover the links between individual criminals and to untangle the web of organized crime share parallels with the ingenious sleuthing of private detectives Sam Spade and Phil Marlowe, to whom the famous actor lent his iconic face. The film was inspired by a real-life case investigating a group of hit men referred to in the period press as “Murder, Inc.” and impresses with its use of criminal slang.

Jana Bébarová

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