Pay or Die


Pay or Die is a 1960 American biographical and crime film directed by Richard Wilson and starring Ernest Borgnine, Zohra Lampert, Howard Caine, Alan Austin, and Robert F. Simon.

Pay or Die
Film poster
Directed byRichard Wilson
Written byBertram Millhauser
Richard J. Collins
Produced byRichard Wilson
StarringErnest Borgnine
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byWalter Hannemann
Music byDavid Raksin
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures
Release date
  • July 27, 1960 (1960-07-27)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,500,000 (US/ Canada)[1]


The film is a dramatization of the career of 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 informationEdit

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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