Force of Evil

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Lawyer Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time.

  1. Abraham Polonsky

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Ira Wolfert


  3. Ira Wolfert


Top Billed Cast

  1. John Garfield

    John Garfield

    Joe Morse

  2. Thomas Gomez

    Thomas Gomez

    Leo Morse

  3. Marie Windsor

    Marie Windsor

    Edna Tucker

  4. HC

    Howland Chamberlain

    Freddie Bauer

  5. Roy Roberts

    Roy Roberts

    Ben Tucker

  6. Paul Fix

    Paul Fix

    Bill Ficco

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 18m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 25, 1948



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Black sheep like to make everybody else look black.

Force of Evil is directed by Abraham Polonsky, who also adapts the screenplay from the Ira Wolfert novel Tucker's People. It stars John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Beatrice Pearson, Marie Windsor, Howard Chamberlain and Roy Roberts. Music is by David Raksin and cinematography by George Barnes. Plot finds Garfield as lawyer Joe Morse, who works for powerful gangster Ben Tucker (Roberts). Tucker has a plan to control all of the numbers rackets in New York, something that with the fix on the numbers up and coming for the 4th July, will see all of... read the rest.

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