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Director  Samuel Fuller
Writer  Samuel Fuller
Screenplay  Samuel Fuller
Country  United States
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Music director  Harry Sukman
Language  English
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Release date  May 13, 1961 (1961-05-13TUnited States)
Based on  articles in The Saturday Evening Post  by Joseph F. Dinneen
Cast  Cliff Robertson (Tolly Devlin), Dolores Dorn (Cuddles), Beatrice Kay (Sandy), Paul Dubov (Gela), Robert Emhardt (Earl Connors), Larry Gates (John Driscoll)
Similar movies  Focus, The Asphalt Jungle, Out of the Past, The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, Detour
Tagline  A Sensational Film That Puts the Finger On Today's Biggest Business... Crime!

Having witnessed his fathers murder, a young man works with a detective to clean out the powerful syndicate.


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Underworld U.S.A. (also known as Underworld USA) is a 1961 American neo-noir film produced, written and directed by Samuel Fuller. It tells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who goes to enormous lengths to get revenge against the mobsters who beat his father to death. It stars Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, and Beatrice Kay.

A bitter young man sets out to get back at the gangsters who murdered his father.


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Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers have risen to the top of the crime syndicate. Ever since his adolescence, Tollys (Cliff Robertson plays him as an adult) goal has been to avenge his father. Tolly has even become a criminal and gotten himself sent to prison so that he could get close to one of the perpetrators. Tolly becomes as vindictive and sadistic as the men he is after. He rejects the two relationships that could redeem him, his mother-figure (Beatrice Kay) and his moll (Dolores Dorn) in favor of cold, hard vengeance.

Underworld U.S.A. movie scenes The first time I saw Underworld U S A was back in 1961 at the Loew s Oriental in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn I lived about six blocks away and

Becoming a secret informant for the government, Tolly ends up playing both sides against the middle in his cagey campaign to bring down the remaining mobsters. Tollys nihilistic vendetta eventually robs him of his own humanity (and more).


  • Cliff Robertson as Tolly Devlin
  • Dolores Dorn as Cuddles
  • Beatrice Kay as Sandy
  • Paul Dubov as Gela
  • Robert Emhardt as Earl Connors
  • Larry Gates as John Driscoll
  • Richard Rust as Gus Cottahee
  • Gerald Milton as Gunther
  • Allan Gruener as Smith
  • David Kent as Tolly as a teen
  • Production

    Underworld U.S.A. movie scenes There is no let up in Fuller s world it is ruthless raw and consistently bleak throughout filled with sweaty close ups and an atmosphere of doom

    Producer Ray Stark asked Fuller to write and direct a film based on the title of a magazine article written by Joseph F. Dinneen. Fuller also was inspired by a book, Here Is to Crime, by newspaperman Riley Cooper.

    An opening scene with a Union of Prostitutes was deleted by Sam Briskin and other Columbia executives. Fullers character Tolly is a loner motivated by revenge using the United States Government as well as his own devices to even the score. Fuller heard the reaction of a real life gangster who reportedly said "If only my son would have that kind of affection for me!".

    Critical response

    Film critic Dennis Schwartz liked the film, and wrote, "Samuel Fullers revenge crime thriller is shot in the same brisk and violent manner he shoots his war films. The timely crime film hopes to cash in on the publics thirst for mob stories, as it takes place after the well-covered mob gathering in Apalachin, New York; Fuller based his film on a series of expose articles in The Saturday Evening Post ... Fullers violent noir film shows the inhumanity of the soldiers in the war on crime, where neither the syndicate or Tolly react with basic human responses. Their drive to succeed overrides everything, even love. The FBI is shown as stymied without the help of the public coming forth with information or willing to act as witnesses despite the risks, but the lawmen do not play fair by not telling how dangerous its to be a witness against the mob."


    A wanted poster of Tolly Devlin appears in a police station in Columbias film of Sail a Crooked Ship (1961).


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