The Don Is Dead

Synopsis: After his mistress is savagely beaten up a Mafia leader goes after the killer with a bloody vengeance. Soon after the hunt begins, a gang war ensues.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Richard Fleischer
Production: Universal Pictures
115 min

[ Knocks ]

[ Rings ]

Get in front.

I'll check the loft.

It's all clear.

All right!

Spread your arms

and drop everything

in your hands!


You with the raincoat--

drop it!

[ Lamp Shatters ]

My brother Vince.

A little insurance.

You got a leak

someplace along the line.

They're all

from out of state.

What do you wanna do

with the meat?

We're pouring concrete tomorrow

at the Bristol Motel.

Yeah. They'll be

part of the foundation.

I'll get the car.

Hey, I mean to tell ya,

this stuff is gonna be worth

a bundle on the streets.

Now, is that a score

or what, huh?

Next time, Frankie,

get somebody else

to gun for ya.

Smack's too risky.

What are you talkin' about?

You're gettin' a cut.

Cleaner ways to make a dollar.

Yeah, sure.

Go sell Girl Scout cookies.

Oh, knock it off,

you guys.

You know, Frankie,

I never liked dope.

Who the hell are you

all of the sudden?

You didn't wanna do this job,

you shoulda gone to a ball game.

Twenty other guys coulda done the job.

Yeah, and most of'em

got their brains in their ass.

What, a nickel-a-dime rip-off jockey,

you're tellin' me about brains? Oh!

Face it, he didn't think of

bringin' me along, you would've

been in a lot of trouble.

I don't wanna hear it,


[ Horn Honks ]

At least when we rip off hub caps

we take the cars with 'em.

That's our business.

You wanna be

king of the needle freaks,

that's your business.

I gave you a hand

because you're my friend.

Wait a minute.

You don't think I coulda

handled this thing alone?

[ Man ]



Frankie, your father,

Don Paolo.

His heart.

Tell me!

Don Paolo is dead.

Oh, no.

Oh, Pa.

Hey, Vincenze.

[ Speaks Italian ]

It's a nice house.

They inside?

[ Speaks Italian ]

Gentlemen, you all know...

that Las Vegas

is a neutral city,

and we are the guests

of Don Vincenzo Tamaglia...

who wishes us

a pleasant and peaceful visit.

It has always been our policy...

for the national commission

to meet...

whenever situations arise

that demand major decisions...

based on a sound

and impartial judgment.

Today we are called upon

to discuss the matter

of Don Paolo Regalbuto--

God rest his soul.

There are three families

in the city in question,

and each one

has its own enterprises.

The Regalbuto family is represented

by Don Paolo's son, Frank,

vito Riccobono, his consigliere,

and the Fargo brothers.

Don Angelo DiMorra

represents his own family...

and is very well known

to all of you,

as is his brother and consigliere,

Mitch DiMorra.

Thirdly, there is the family

of Don Aggimio Bernardo.

Unfortunately,Jimmy is in prison

and cannot be with us.

But he is represented

by Luigi Orlando, his consigliere.

The task before us...

is to decide the future

of the Regalbuto holdings.

The matter is now open

for general discussion. Vito?

Frankie is Don Paolo's

only living son.

Inherits his father's

entire estate.

It seems only reasonable

that he should inherit...

his, uh, family's

responsibilities as well.

That's true.

Frank has been active

for a couple of years,

and personally, I think

he has a lot of potential.

But right now

he doesn't have the experience

the Regalbuto family needs.

How do you know?

Let me speak

with Don Paolo's son.

You must think of our group

of families as a corporation.

Your father would have told you

what I am gonna say--

don't reach

for what you can't handle.

The experience...

that Frankie lacks...

I have,

and together

we could run an outfit.

What I would like to suggest...

is that the soldiers and the enterprises

of the Regalbuto family...

be divided between the two

proven commanders who do exist--

Don Angelo DiMorra...

and Don Aggimio Bernardo,

whom I represent.

What about you, Vince?

Are you and Tony willing

to shift to Don Angelo

orJimmy Bernardo?

With no disrespect to anybody,


But we don't follow Frank


With the permission

of everybody here,

we wanna be independent.

Don Paolo himself

agreed to this

before he died.

So you're not gonna

back me either, huh?

I'm sorry, kid.

I was talkin' to Tony.

This is business, Frank.

Vince is my brother

and I go with him.

It's nothing personal.

In twenty years

I've never seen Don Angelo

so quiet for so long.


these are reasonable men.

Their views interest me.

But you're right.

The time has come

for me to speak.

I will tell you

what I think is fair,

what I know is fair.

we divide

the Regalbuto family...

as Orlando suggested--

half to me

and half toJimmy Bernardo.

Orlando will look after

Jimmy's interests

untilJimmy... gets back.

the Fargo brothers

go their own way,

but must always be on call

to take care of any trouble

forJimmy or me.


if the business...

is important...

to Don Paolo's son,

I won't see him pushed out.

Don Paolo and I

were like-- like brothers.

I was with him in the hospital

the day Frankie was born.

I-- I have no--

no son of my own,

no one to follow me.

Now, Frank is not ready...

to become a leader... yet,

but he will be.

When that time comes,

he will inherit my organization--


That is my word.


that's all I have to say.

[ Murmuring ]

The Fargo brothers

can be called up--

[ Murmuring ]

Pretty tough job

for a guy like Frank.

[ Murmuring ]

Well, I think it is

a good plan, because--

[ Tapping On Glass ]

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