Pay or Die! 61 years old

Pay or Die!

A beautifully rendered, fact-based crime film about a crusading Italian policeman battling Black Hand extortionists in New York’s Little Italy is back on the big screen. In addition to Ernest Borgnine’s brilliantly sensitive portrayal as Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino, this engrossing picture is deftly photographed by Lucien Ballard, beautifully scored by David Raksin with a stellar supporting cast including Zohra Lampert and Alan Austin. Literate, suspenseful and emotionally moving, this memorable film remains the definitive depiction about the emergence of the Mafia in America.

Credits

Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine

Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino

Robert Ellenstein
Robert Ellenstein

Luigi Di Sarno

John Marley
John Marley

D. Caputo, Ragman

Vito Scotti
Vito Scotti

Officer Simonetti

Zohra Lampert
Zohra Lampert

Adelina Saulino

Bruno Della Santina
Bruno Della Santina

Papa Saulino

All Cast

Name Character
Robert Ellenstein He was 37, 87 years old when he died as Luigi Di Sarno
John Marley He was 52, 76 years old when he died as D. Caputo, Ragman
Ernest Borgnine He was 43, 95 years old when he died as Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
Howard Caine He was 34, 67 years old when he died as Enrico Caruso
Zohra Lampert She was 23, now 84 years old as Adelina Saulino
Vito Scotti He was 42, 78 years old when he died as Officer Simonetti
Barry Russo He was 35, 78 years old when he died as Lupo Miano (as John Duke)
Franco Corsaro He was 59, 81 years old when he died as Vito Zarillo
Robert F. Simon He was 51, 83 years old when he died as Police Commissioner
Renata Vanni She was 50, 94 years old when she died as Mama Saulino
Bruno Della Santina as Papa Saulino
Alan Austin as Johnny Viscardi

Crew

Name Department
Lucien Ballard as Director of Photography. He was 52 (80) years old when He died Camera
Bertram Millhauser as Writer. He was 68 (66) years old when He died Writing
Walter Hannemann as Editor. He was 48 (88) years old when He died Editing
Richard Collins as Writer. He was 46 (98) years old when He died Writing
Richard Wilson as Director. He was 246 (278) years old when He died Directing
Richard Wilson as Producer. He was 246 (278) years old when He died Production
Pay or Die! poster
Pay or Die! (61 years)

  • Release day: Wednesday, July 27, 1960
  • Runtime: 111 minutes