Inside the Mafia (1959)

72 or 75 mins | Drama | September 1959

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writer:

Orville Hampton

Producer:

Robert E. Kent

Cinematographer:

Maury Gertsman

Production Designer:

William Glasgow

Production Company:

Premium Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film's working title was Three Came to Kill , a title that was subsequently used as the release title of a 1960 film that also was directed by Edward L. Cahn and produced by Robert E. Kent (see below). That film does not bear any plot resemblance to Inside the Mafia but does share some of the same cast and crew. According to the pressbook for Inside the Mafia , exterior sequences were shot in Malibu, CA. An offscreen narrator is featured throughout the ... More Less

This film's working title was Three Came to Kill , a title that was subsequently used as the release title of a 1960 film that also was directed by Edward L. Cahn and produced by Robert E. Kent (see below). That film does not bear any plot resemblance to Inside the Mafia but does share some of the same cast and crew. According to the pressbook for Inside the Mafia , exterior sequences were shot in Malibu, CA. An offscreen narrator is featured throughout the film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Sep 1959.
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Daily Variety
24 Sep 1959
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Sep 1959
p. 6.
Harrison's Reports
26 Sep 1959
p. 154.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 1959
p. 6, 12.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 1959
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 1959
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Oct 1959
p. 437.
The Exhibitor
23 Sep 1959
p. 4638.
Variety
30 Sep 1959
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief tech
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Supv ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
Eff ed
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Casting dir
Scr supv
Unit pub
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Three Came to Kill
Release Date:
September 1959
Production Date:
30 March--mid April 1959 at Paramount-Sunset Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Premium Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 September 1959
Copyright Number:
LP14829
Physical Properties:
Sound
Ryder Sound Services
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72 or 75
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19342
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the barbershop of a New York hotel, Augie Martello, eastern territory boss of the Mafia, is shot four times by gunmen from a rival Mafia faction. Martello survives, however, and after surgery, is moved to a secret sanitarium where he is guarded by gunman Sam Galey. Tony Ledo, Martello’s lieutenant, brings him news that Johnny Lucero, the top Mafia boss, is returning to the country after a ten-year exile to hold a council meeting at the upstate lodge of Dan Regent, who engineered the assassination attempt on Martello. Lucero intends to restructure the organization from coast to coast and Ledo suggests that if Lucero is killed, Martello could easily take over. Ledo plans to kill Lucero when he lands at a small airstrip near the lodge, then attend the council meeting where a pro-Martello faction could sway the vote in Martello’s favor. Though weakened by the attack, Martello is excited at the prospect of becoming the overall boss and agrees to Ledo’s plan. Later, Ledo meets with Martello’s sympathizers and outlines his plan. Ledo and Galey, along with gunman Chins Dayton, then drive to the airstrip and take over a nearby house, which also serves as the base of operations for air traffic controller Rod Balcom. Ledo informs Rod that a plane will be landing there at 4 p.m. When Rod’s two daughters, Anne and Sandy, return from shopping, they also are taken prisoner and Ledo orders Galey to eliminate the family after Lucero arrives. Soon after, Anne’s boyfriend, Doug Blair, a New York state police captain, comes to the house to take her on a date, and is also taken prisoner. Dave Alto, a member of Martello’s ... +


In the barbershop of a New York hotel, Augie Martello, eastern territory boss of the Mafia, is shot four times by gunmen from a rival Mafia faction. Martello survives, however, and after surgery, is moved to a secret sanitarium where he is guarded by gunman Sam Galey. Tony Ledo, Martello’s lieutenant, brings him news that Johnny Lucero, the top Mafia boss, is returning to the country after a ten-year exile to hold a council meeting at the upstate lodge of Dan Regent, who engineered the assassination attempt on Martello. Lucero intends to restructure the organization from coast to coast and Ledo suggests that if Lucero is killed, Martello could easily take over. Ledo plans to kill Lucero when he lands at a small airstrip near the lodge, then attend the council meeting where a pro-Martello faction could sway the vote in Martello’s favor. Though weakened by the attack, Martello is excited at the prospect of becoming the overall boss and agrees to Ledo’s plan. Later, Ledo meets with Martello’s sympathizers and outlines his plan. Ledo and Galey, along with gunman Chins Dayton, then drive to the airstrip and take over a nearby house, which also serves as the base of operations for air traffic controller Rod Balcom. Ledo informs Rod that a plane will be landing there at 4 p.m. When Rod’s two daughters, Anne and Sandy, return from shopping, they also are taken prisoner and Ledo orders Galey to eliminate the family after Lucero arrives. Soon after, Anne’s boyfriend, Doug Blair, a New York state police captain, comes to the house to take her on a date, and is also taken prisoner. Dave Alto, a member of Martello’s faction, arrives in his own plane, but he and his pilot are shot and killed by Ledo, who suspects Alto of double-crossing Martello. Ledo then orders Galey to load the bodies in Doug’s patrol car and dispose of them. While Rod helps Doug load the bodies, Doug tells him that the gang will probably kill his family, too. After Doug drives to a wooded, swampy area, he attempts to wrestle Galey’s gun away from him but fails. Sandy’s boyfriend, Buzz, comes to pick her up and briefly manages to evade Ledo, but is captured by Galey as he returns to the house with Doug. Just after Lucero’s pilot makes contact with Rod, a television news bulletin reports that Martello has died, forcing Ledo to devise a new plan very quickly. He decides to allow Lucero to live in exchange for Martello’s old spot in the organization and for taking the “heat” off him. When Lucero lands, he and the pilot are met by Rod, who takes them to the house where Ledo surprises them at gun point. Lucero has no choice but to agree to Ledo's demands, but warns that the full council will have to vote on his replacing Martello. Galey stays with the hostages while Ledo, Lucero, Chins and the pilot drive to the lodge, where Lucero tells Regent and the others that Ledo is his guest. Back at the house, Doug reminds Rod that there is a telegraph key among his equipment in the radio room. This prompts Rod to trick Galey by lying that every afternoon he is required to make radio contact with the emergency communications network or police will be sent to investigate his silence. Rod then goes upstairs to the radio room, and while making his report, taps out a telegraph message to the state police notifying them of the sitution. Galey discovers what Rod is doing, but Doug and Rod manage to overpower him. At the lodge, Lucero berates his colleagues for having allowed their various rackets to lose money and adds that as Martello got smarter, they got dumber. Lucero then reveals that he intends to revitalize the organization with enterprising men like Ledo and calls for a vote on Ledo taking over the eastern territory. Although Lucero votes for Ledo, several others refuse, causing Lucero to double-cross Ledo by killing the four men of the Martello faction who were expected to support him. When Ledo attempts to use Regent as a shield against Lucero, Lucero kills him, too, just as the police arrive at the lodge. After the police fire tear gas into the lodge, Lucero and the others quickly surrender to face sure conviction. +

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