Murder, Inc.

Synopsis: Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus, this movie chronicles the rise and fall of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated. Focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hitman Reles.
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
103 min

What- Hey, wait.! | Wait.!

- May I help you? | - Why not?

Who did you wanna see?

I wanna see Lepke. | Tell him Reles is here. Abe Reles.

- Is he expecting you? | - It won't come as no shock.

- There's a Mr. Reles out here. | - This is a high-class place.

What'd you expect, | a candy store?

This is, uh-You know, this is | another league here.

You know the garment industry? | That's a-That's a good front.


- What is it? Men's suits? | - Yeah, men's, men's, men's.

Just to be left alone. | is that asking too much, Lep?

To get rid of you. | To never see you again.

To forget you took my business. | To put it out of my mind that you ruined me.

Is that asking | too much, Lep?

'Cause your goons | smashed my business...

is this something that | I have to spend a life hiding from?

Joe, you talk too much.

Listen, Lep. | Listen.

Never- Never | will I open my mouth.

I swear. I swear | on my children's lives.

What's done, so it's done. | I want to wipe it out of my mind.

You know what, Joe?

You should thank your lucky stars | I'm so softhearted.

Things could change.

Isn't that a basic fact, Mendy?


Now, suppose you takeJoe | out to the elevator...

and tell him exactly | how it could change.

Lep, please? Please? | I swear.

I swear on my children, | not a word. Not a word.

l- I swear, Lep. | Please, have a heart.

Lep, please!

- Mr. Reles? | - Yes.

- Sorry to keep you waiting. | - Oh, that's, uh- that's all right.

I was just, uh- | just readin' the jokes.

- Um, this is Bug Workman. | - Pleased to make your acquaintance.

You come in.

Hey, hold my place, huh?

So you're Reles, huh?

Yeah. | Yeah, I'm Reles.

Albert Anastasia tells me | you're a good man.

Yeah. Well, | he oughta know.

He says you made a good hit | the other morning when you got Venutti.

Now you got the whole | Brownsville territory locked up.

Doin' pretty good. I mean, | I got a couple of things goin' for me.

Ah. Like what?

Like slots, horse bets, | shylocking-

Oh, please. Please.


We don't operate anymore | like during Prohibition.

What does that mean?

What you have in Brownsville...

I have a hundred times over | in the garment district...

Albert Anastasia has | on the docks in Brooklyn...

and the Capone boys | have in Chicago.

We're working now | like a combination.

We can call on each other | for help like banks...

like any sensible business.

Now, we don't like | to hurt anybody.

But sometimes, | things work out differently.

That's where you and your | Brownsville operation come in.

Because you guys | are so good at it...

the Syndicate will use you.

We'll give you the contract, | and you do the job.

- Now, there's one thing- | - Excuse me for interrupting. l-l-

I wanna ask you a question.

I like what you say, and I like the idea | of working for you, the whole thing.

But, uh, | what's it gonna come to?

You get an annual retainer | equal to your Brownsville operation...

plus a fee | for each contract.


Well, that sounds interesting. | It's, uh-

I'm pleased. | Now, no private jobs.

You hit when we tell you to hit | and who we tell you to hit.

In between, uh, | we just sit?

If I tell you to sit, | you sit until you get boils.

I, uh, think | we could work it out.

Send Mendy in, please.

Just to make sure you don't get boils, | I'm handing you your first contract.

His name is Walter Sage.

A noisy comedian.

He owns a place | up in the Catskills.

He also handles the slots | for the Syndicate.

Suddenly, | he's a partner.

A nickel for him, a nickel for us.

Come in.

Mendy, this is Abe Reles.

- What do you say? | - Kid Twist?


I see you boys in Brooklyn | have been active.

Oh, we like to keep busy.

I'm giving Reles | the Sage contract.


From now on...

you never come up here.

You never call me here.

Mendy is your contact.

Everything through him.

- You understand? | - Yeah.

Mendy, get started.

Well, uh, I guess | we're in business then, right?

- What's all this about, Reles? | - I'll-I'll-

He didn't give you | any trouble, did he?

Joey? | He's a doll.

That's very good. That's very funny.

Funny boy. | Make me laugh, huh?

Listen, Bug, uh, | go get a car, will ya?

A good one. Good tires. You leave it | at the drop, and I'll pick you up there.

So, uh, | where you been, Joe?

- Around. | - Oh, yeah?

'Cause, uh, | you've been kind of scarce.

It's not because | you owe me money?

- You're gonna get it. | - Oh, yeah, sure. I mean, I know that.

I know I'll get it. | What'd you borrow, 300?

When was that? | That was in, uh-

Oh, I don't know, Joe.

You know, | it's been two months.

I paid back 180.

Yeah, but, uh, | that's only the interest.

You see, there's | five more weeks interest...

plus the principal is, | uh, $600.

You know, Joe, uh...

another month, uh, | you're gonna be in for over 1,000.

Well, what am I gonna do? | I lost that job singing with the band.

Then I got married.

You know the girl- Eadie. | She used to live on Sullivan Street.

You know, her folks | came from Europe.

Eadie- | Oh, the refugee?

Yeah, yeah, I remember. | Yeah.

Three days in the country, and they're | walkin' around like a princess there.

With the blond hair | to the neck.

Well, she got sick...

and then I had a pile of hospital bills, | and I had to pay 'em.

You see, Joe, | I don't know what to tell ya.

I mean, I can see | you got problems.

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