The Undercover Man (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Joseph H Lewis, 1949)
Release date: 19 September 2022
Standard Edition Blu-ray

Based on Federal Agent Frank J Wilson’s pursuit of Al Capone, The Undercover Man is a noir classic from one of its master directors, Joseph H Lewis (Gun Crazy, The Big Combo).

Glenn Ford (The Big Heat) plays a treasury agent charged with taking down a shadowy mob boss known only as the ‘Big Fellow’, only to find that the police have been paid off, and witnesses are getting bumped off.

With solid support from Nina Foch (The Dark Past), James Whitmore (Madigan) and Barry Kelley (711 Ocean Drive), The Undercover Man is a brilliant documentary-style thriller, a tale ‘told with the snarl of a machine gun!’


  • 2K restoration
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with writer and film programmer Tony Rayns (2020)
  • Man on a Bus (1945, 29 mins): short film directed by Joseph H Lewis for the United Jewish Appeal, featuring a star-studded cast, including Walter Brennan, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, and Lassie
  • Income Tax Sappy (1954, 17 mins): comedy starring the Three Stooges, in which the trio come under the scrutiny of the US Treasury Department when they get creative with their tax returns
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing