Samuel Fuller

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Movie still: Underworld, U.S.A.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Underworld, U.S.A., #42

Underworld, U.S.A.’s original opening—in which prostitutes joke of starting a union and holding a “stand-up strike”—was deleted. Shots of hardcore drug use were edited out, as was a pioneering nude scene. The number of killings was sliced from 18 to five. More than 20 pages of script were blue-penciled.