The Case Against Brooklyn

The Case Against Brooklyn is a 1958 film noir crime film directed by Paul Wendkos. It stars Darren McGavin and Margaret Hayes.[1] It was based on a True Magazine article I Broke the Brooklyn Graft Scandal by crime reporter Ed Reid. It featured depictions of American police corruption though no police officer in uniform is shown to be corrupt.

The Case Against Brooklyn
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Original film poster
Directed byPaul Wendkos
Produced byCharles H. Schneer
Written byEd Reid (book)
Screenplay byBernard Gordon
(as Raymond T. Marcus)
Daniel B. Ullman
Story byDaniel B. Ullman
StarringDarren McGavin
Margaret Hayes
CinematographyFred Jackman, Jr.
Edited byEdwin H. Bryant
Morningside Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 1958 (1958-06)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


In an attempt to combat police corruption, newly graduated rookie cops are recruited to serve undercover to find information on a complex illegal betting network in Brooklyn. One of these officers, ex-Marine Pete Harris, formerly with Military Intelligence in Japan, is tasked to make the acquaintance of a woman whose husband was recently murdered by the mob over gambling debts.



  • Park, William (2011), "Appendix A:Within the Genre", What is Film Noir?, Bucknell University Press, ISBN 978-1-6114-8363-5

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