Pay or Die

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Pay or Die
Produced by Richard Wilson
Written by Bertram Millhauser
Richard J. Collins
Starring Ernest Borgnine
Music by David Raksin
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Walter Hannemann
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures
Release date
  • July 27, 1960 (1960-07-27)
Running time
111 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,500,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Pay or Die is a 1960 Allied Artists Pictures film starring Ernest Borgnine, Zohra Lampert, Howard Caine, Alan Austin, and Robert F. Simon that was directed by Richard Wilson.


The film is a dramatization of the career of crusading New York City police officer Joseph Petrosino, a pioneer in the fight against organized crime in America. The film deals primarily with Petrosino and his Italian Squad's opposition to the extortion rackets of the Black Hand in lower Manhattan's Little Italy.


Additional information[edit]

This film was also released under the following titles:

  • La mafia - France
  • Maksa tai kuole - Finland
  • Pagar o morir - Venezuela
  • Pagare o morire - Italy
  • To telesigrafo tou thanatou - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
  • Zahl oder stirb - West Germany


  1. ^ "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.

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