The Undercover Man (1949)

Glenn Ford stars as a Treasury Agent trying to bring down a syndicate boss on income tax charges. It’s a dull account that’s short on action and doesn’t have an edge. Look for Sean Penn’s father Leo as bookkeeper Sydney Gordon.

Agent Frank Warren (Glenn Ford) is out to bring down The Big Fellow. He owes three million in back taxes. All Warren and his fellow agents have to do is prove it.

Warren gets a note from a syndicate bookkeeper who wants the ten percent reward for giving Warren the goods on his boss. He says there’s a man he has to meet to get the lists Warren wants. Machine gun bullets stop that transaction. There are plenty of witnesses but nobody saw anything. Syndicate lawyer Edward O’Rourke gets the hit men released after no one ID’s them.

Warren seizes account books from bookies, numbers writers and gambling joints but nothing works out.  Police Inspector Herzog quits the force in frustration. A Police Sgt. who was demoted from Captain after giving up his try to bring down the Big Fellow shows Warren a card with the name of Salvatore Rocco another bookkeeper.

Before Warren can get to him he’s gunned down. During Rocco’s funeral, two mobsters tear his place apart looking for one of the books. Warren walks in and is knocked out. O’Rourke finds him and tells him to give it up and makes another attempt at buying him off. Then he makes a veiled threat against Warren’s wife Judith (Nina Foch).

Now Warren wants to quit. His fellow agents including George Pappas (James Whitmore) don’t blame him. Warren gets inspiration to continue from an unexpected source.

The suspense is minimal and it’s a long wait for something to happen.


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