Inside the Mafia (1959)
When gangland favorite Ted de Corsia plots to take over the syndicate he finds himself a marked man so he turns his loyal soldier Cameron Mitchell loose to take out the returning boss who is coming into America for the first time in ten years. From there Mitchell and his cohort Robert Strauss take over a privately run airstrip as they await the arrival of a mafia Don who sure sounds like Lucky Luciano. While doing so they take a family hostage as well as a local cop and the daughter’s boyfriend.
What we have here is a cross between 2 great gangster/noir flicks. Suddenly with Frank Sinatra and The Desperate Hours with Humphrey Bogart. This time our budget is a little tighter and as much as I like Cameron Mitchell he never gained the heights of either Sinatra or Bogart who both played a role very much like Mitchell does here. With a few plot twists along the way Mitchell ends up going for the prize himself only to find power not so easy to come by as he struggles with the likes of Edward Platt for mob dominance. This is a tight 70 minute black and white gangland flick from Premium Pictures released through United Artists and came at a time when Mitchell’s career in Hollywood was fading leading him to Europe and a slew of films overseas.
Our director Edward L. Cahn was a solid “B” film specialist from 1931 up until his death in 1963 working in pretty much every genre on films such as It! The Terror From Beyond Space to a John Carradine “classic” Invisible Invaders. Edward Platt is a face most would know from the Get Smart series as The Chief. As is the case with so many low budget films from this era it has a narrator filling in plot points which never seems to help unless the narration is done by a character. No such luck here. Aside from that this is a decent “B” effort with an effective Cameron Mitchell and Robert Strauss.