Vice Squad (1953 film)

Vice Squad is a 1953 American film noir crime film directed by Arnold Laven and starring Edward G. Robinson and Paulette Goddard.[1]

Vice Squad
Theatrical release poster
Directed byArnold Laven
Produced byJules Levy
Arthur Gardner
Sol Lesser (uncredited)
Screenplay byLawrence Roman
Based onthe novel Harness Bull
by Leslie T. White
StarringEdward G. Robinson
Paulette Goddard
Music byHerschel Burke Gilbert
CinematographyJoseph F. Biroc
Edited byArthur H. Nadel
Sequoia Pictures
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • July 18, 1953 (1953-07-18) (Los Angeles)
  • July 31, 1953 (1953-07-31) (United States)
  • August 25, 1953 (1953-08-25) (New York City)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


A married undertaker having an affair, Jack Hartrampf, is a reluctant eyewitness to the shooting of a Los Angeles cop. He does not wish to testify, but captain of detectives "Barney" Barnaby is just as determined. After a bank robbery pulled by Alan Barkis and his gang, another policeman is gunned down and a bank teller is taken hostage. Escort agency madam Mona Ross is willing to help Barnaby with the case for a fee. Barnaby places one of Barkis' partners, Marty Kusalich, under arrest until Marty implicates the real killer. Pete Monte steals a boat in an attempt to get Barkis to freedom, but Barnaby and his lieutenant, Lacey, arrive in the nick of time.



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