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The Pusher (1960)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | February 1960 (USA)
A detective investigating the murder of a heroin addict discovers that there is a connection between the junkie and his fiance, who is his boss' daughter.


Gene Milford


Evan Hunter (novel) (as Ed McBain), Harold Robbins (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Kathy Carlyle Kathy Carlyle ... Laura
Robert Lansing ... Steve Carella
Felice Orlandi ... The Pusher
Douglas Rodgers Douglas Rodgers ... Lt. Peter Byrne
Sloan Simpson Sloan Simpson ... Harriet Byrne
Sara Amman Sara Amman ... María Hernández
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Newspaper Vendor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Astin ... Detective
Eli Boraks Eli Boraks ... Gang member / dancer
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A detective investigating the murder of a heroin addict discovers that there is a connection between the junkie and his fiance, who is his boss' daughter.

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"Daddy! If you love me...you'll get me a 'fix'!" See more »


Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Robert Lansing would continue his role as Det. Steve Carella in the 1961-62 television series 87th Precinct (1961), based on the Ed McBain (Evan Hunter) novels. See more »


Featured in Frightful Movie: The Pusher (1968) See more »


Where Have You Gone Billy Boy?
Music by Raymond Scott
Lyrics by Lawrence Elow
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Narcotics in the Early 60's
11 February 2019 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film begins with a young man being found dead in a clubhouse by what appears to be suicide. At the same time, however, the police also find a hypodermic syringe near his body which puts things in doubt pending an autopsy. Sure enough, the subsequent autopsy reveals that the victim had injected a high concentration of heroin and since his death is now ruled as an overdose the detective in charge of the case "Lt. Peter Byrne" and his partner "Steve Carella" begin to direct their efforts to finding the pusher who supplied him. Meanwhile, the detective's daughter "Laura Byrne" has been behaving slightly different the last few weeks which Lt. Byrne initially concludes is due to her upcoming marriage to her fiancé-Steve Carella. What neither the detective nor Steve know, however, is that Laura has recently become addicted to heroin and she gets her drugs from the same person the police are looking for. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this film turned out to be slightly better than I had expected due in large part to the overall gloomy atmosphere and the subject matter at hand during this particular time-period. Yet at the same time, there were a couple of scenes which I thought were overly simplistic and lacked the necessary realism. But by and large I thought that this was a decent film for the most part and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Average.

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Release Date:

February 1960 (USA) See more »

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La garra del vicio See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,656, 9 May 1999

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