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Portrait of a Mobster (1961)

This movie portrays the rise and fall of 1920s gangster Dutch Schultz. While building his own mob ring, he romances Iris, the daughter of a man he killed. When Iris marries a cop, Schultz ... See full summary »


Joseph Pevney


Howard Browne, Harry Grey (book)




Credited cast:
Vic Morrow ... Dutch Schultz
Leslie Parrish ... Iris Murphy
Peter Breck ... Frank Brennan
Norman Alden ... Bo Wetzel
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... Michael Ferris
Ken Lynch ... Lieutenant D. Corbin
Frank DeKova ... Anthony Parazzo
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Guthrie
Joseph Gallison Joseph Gallison ... Vincent Coll
Ray Danton ... 'Legs' Diamond
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry J. Blake ... John Murphy (as Larry Blake)
Anthony Eisley ... Legal Advisor
Eddie Hanley Eddie Hanley ... Matty Krause
Harry Holcombe ... Capt. Bayridge
Jon Kowal Jon Kowal ... Lou Rhodes (as John Kowal)
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This movie portrays the rise and fall of 1920s gangster Dutch Schultz. While building his own mob ring, he romances Iris, the daughter of a man he killed. When Iris marries a cop, Schultz makes sure the cop goes bad and takes kickbacks from Schultz's organization. Iris goes back to the arms of Schultz, not knowing he's the man who killed her father. Written by Sooz <sumaree@inetnebr.com>

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Al Capone...the Mafia...nobody tells DUTCH SCHULTZ, New York crime czar, what to do! See more »


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Did You Know?


Although he received screen credit as composer, Max Steiner did not score this picture. Cues from his previous Warner scores were used. See more »


At the end of the film, the water running into the sewer indicates it is a street in New York City. The actual murders took place in Newark, New Jersey. See more »


Referenced in The Projectionist (1970) See more »

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The Boss of the Bronx
23 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

By all accounts Dutch Schultz was one brutal man who shot first and asked no questions. In real life and in Portrait Of A Mobster Schultz acts pretty much the way he does here. He also took the name of Dutch Schultz as part of his persona. By his real name of Arthur Fliegenheimer no one would buy that as intimidating. Just like Adolph Hitler never used Schickelgruber.

Vic Morrow may have gotten his career role in Portrait Of A Mobster. If the facts are sketchy he's got the essence of Schultz down cold. In this tale young Fliegenheimer is turned down by Leslie Parrish in a marriage proposal and she teams up with policeman Peter Breck. Smart girl had a sixth sense on these things.

One thing is definitely true. According to gangland lore Schultz was done in on orders from Lucky Luciano played here under an alias by Frank DeKova. Schultz wanted to hit Thomas E. Dewey who was preparing a case against him. The newly formed national syndicate thought that would bring down too much heat so Schultz had to be eliminated. Of course when Dewey got Luciano he might have had cause to regret stopping Schultz.

What is also true is the trial he got with the change of venue to Malone, New York, county seat of Franklin County in New York State and right up against the Candian border. What you see there is exactly what happened.

While he was alive Schultz was the uncrowned and uncontested Boss of the Bronx. Portrait Of A Mobster shows the essence of his reign.

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Release Date:

21 December 1961 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

I symmoria ton 5 politeion See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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