Fearless master of political influence, he is anathema to gangsters, bigots,
and bureaucrats. His mission in life is to help immigrants and the poor.
But his 25-year conflict with Mayor Fiorello La Guardia reaches a crisis
that challenges Harry's very existence.
Bigoted rabble-rouser stirs up the crowds against Jews, but the system
can't protect him from the wrath of Harry Leonnoff.
Fiorello La Guardia
The vindictive mayor of New York City, he doesn't like losing out to Harry
Leonnoff over his election redistricting campaign and swears he will get
Harry's wife, transformed from a sexy showgirl into an overweight matron
whose incessant nagging drives Harry into the arms of Marie DeSante.
The beautiful New Orleans call girl who falls in love with Harry. Her
attempt to go straight is threatened by Rick Duvalier, a vicious hoodlum
and former client.
Willie Malakow (Curly Murphy)
Harry's gangster brother-in-law, indoctrinated into a life of killing
in the First World War. In the hair-raising climax, the lives of Harry,
Willie, and Fiorello converge in a triangle of death and betrayal.
The powerful Brooklyn Democratic boss, he becomes Harry's friend and political
Kindly medical man who teaches Harry that no matter how bad things get,
"The Lord will provide."
New Orleans madam who wishes that Harry Leonnoff had never shown up at
Harvard-trained attorney who learns a surprise lesson when he tries a
case against Harry Leonnoff.
Ira and Adele Fruchtman
Courageous German Jewish couple who graduate from brutal Gestapo torture
to more subtle but equally painful torture by the U.S. State Department.