Vice Squad
Vice Squad 1953 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byArnold Laven
Screenplay byLawrence Roman
Based onthe novel Harness Bull
by Leslie T. White
Produced byJules Levy
Arthur Gardner
Sol Lesser (uncredited)
StarringEdward G. Robinson
Paulette Goddard
CinematographyJoseph F. Biroc
Edited byArthur H. Nadel
Music byHerschel Burke Gilbert
Sequoia Pictures
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release dates
  • July 18, 1953 (1953-07-18) (Los Angeles)
  • July 31, 1953 (1953-07-31) (United States)
  • August 25, 1953 (1953-08-25) (New York City)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

Vice Squad is a 1953 American film noir crime film directed by Arnold Laven and starring Edward G. Robinson and Paulette Goddard.[1] The film is also known as The Girl in Room 17.[2]


A married undertaker having an affair, Jack Hartrampf, is a reluctant eyewitness to the shooting of a Los Angeles cop. He does not wish to testify, but captain of detectives "Barney" Barnaby is just as determined. After a bank robbery pulled by Alan Barkis and his gang, another policeman is gunned down and a bank teller is taken hostage. Escort agency madam Mona Ross is willing to help Barnaby with the case for a fee. Barnaby places one of Barkis' partners, Marty Kusalich, under arrest until Marty implicates the real killer. Pete Monte steals a boat in an attempt to get Barkis to freedom, but Barnaby and his lieutenant, Lacey, arrive in the nick of time.



  1. ^ Vice Squad at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ "Vice Squad (1953)". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 29 December 2020.