Force of Evil

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Abraham Polonsky
Production: MGM
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79 min

This is Wall Street.

And today was important

because tomorrow, July 4th,

I intended to make

my first million dollars-

An exciting day

in any man's life.

Temporarily, the enterprise

was slightly illegal.

You see, I was the lawyer

for the numbers racket.

Buck on 823.

823, $1.00.

Good morning,

Mr. Morse.

Put a dime on 776

for me tomorrow.

How do you like that

for luck, Bob?

Today's winner's 114.

I had a dime on 113.

Didn't I?

Yeah, you did.

I nearly made 60 bucks

Except for

that one little digit.

600 to 1.

You going to play

776 tomorrow?

Nah, 823.

This morning, I nearly

got hit by a car,

And you know what

the last number

Of the license was?

I figure if I live through

today, it's my lucky number.

Am I right,

Mr. Morse?

If you don't

get killed,

It's a lucky day

for anybody.

Nickel on 776.


That's a nickel.

The suckers bet on any

combination of three numbers

Selected from the totals

Bet at some race track

that day-

20 million bettors a day

in the united states.

Tell Mr. Wheelock

I want to see him.

Annual income to cheap crooks

and racketeers?

Over $100 million.

It seemed a shame

For so much good money

to go to waste

In other people's pockets.


Oh, Mary, hold all my calls

and cancel everything.

Well, make it for Friday.

Thank you.


Mr. Tucker?

Well, sure. Put him on.

One minute, Hobe.

Hello, Ben?

Fine. Right. Right.

I'll be there

in a few minutes.


Come in, Hobe.

Morning, Joe.

Morning. I wonder if you

can help me out with this.

No shine today, Louie.


You know

that new Galahad

The governor appointed-

Our new special prosecutor?

Link hall?

Yeah, hall.

His father was

in the class

Ahead of me

at Harvard.

You know the son?

I gave the boy a pony

for his 4th birthday,

But I haven't seen

a great deal of him since.

Since when?

Since the market

fell in on me in '29.

Do you think you can manage

To invite the son up

for dinner soon?


Well, I...

Louie, would you mind

Stepping out a moment,


Thank you.

If we knew which side

of the street

Hall was working,

Our client, Mr. Ben Tucker,

might appreciate it.

We don't want any collisions

we don't have to have.

We've got

a big retainer

To change

the numbers racket

Into a legal lottery.

Uh, Joe...

you usually know

what you're doing,

But it's one thing

to represent Tucker legally-

As his lawyer,

I mean.

I mean, it's

the business of lawyers

To protect

a lot of people.

They, uh... even

teach that at Harvard.


But the minute you start

doing business for Tucker,

Doing Tucker's business,

it's a different thing, Joe.

Lawyers are not protected

from the law.

Tucker is

making me rich, Hobe,

And Im your partner

who's making you rich.

I wear

his old school tie,

And you wear mine.

You can buy one for yourself

during lunch hour

Off any pushcart.


Finish his shine.

How much have you

got here, Joe?


There's another 60

in my office safe.

Well, there's

50 more here.

It will be more

than plenty.

We only want to finance

12 of the banks, Joe,

The big ones-

And your brother's

little bank, of course,

So it makes 13.

The rest can

go to the wall,

And the combination will

take over their trade.

You going up to see

your brother now?

Can I be frank

with you, Ben?

Edna always

says that to me.

She says, "Im going

to be frank, Ben."

Then out it comes-

Something mean

and terrible about me...

or something foolish

about herself.

I'll be foolish,


I'm a lawyer-

Your clever

little lawyer-

And Ive taken over

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Abraham Polonsky

Abraham Lincoln Polonsky (December 5, 1910 – October 26, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, essayist and novelist. He won an Academy Award for a screenplay, but in the late 1950s was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios, after refusing to testify at congressional hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, in the midst of the McCarthy era. more…

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