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The Last Gangster (1937)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 November 1937 (USA)
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A organized crime big shot is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant and becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries.

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Gangster Joe Krozac is in prison for ten years. Reporter Paul North is fired by his newspaper for writing articles sympathetic to Krozac's wife and young son. She divorces Krozac and marries North. When Korzac gets out he goes looking for his former wife and son. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Greatest thrill drama since "Little Caesar"! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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12 November 1937 (USA)  »

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Another Public Enemy  »

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Luise Rainer was initially set to star. See more »

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When Paul and Tayla go for a walk, a moving urban scene is projected behind the actors. The scenery is moving much too fast, and at one point a bird flies right up to the camera. Projecting the image behind the actors makes the bird appear to be about eight feet tall. See more »

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Joe Krozac: [to his wife who has fainted at the table] What's the matter? Hey, Baby!
[to Curly]
Joe Krozac: Do you think she's sick?
Curly: [Sarcastically] Well I never had a dame that slept during dinner.
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Unpromising material, but excellent drama
29 August 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of theoretical strikes against this movie-- Robinson playing a Capone lookalike for the zillionth time (right before he switched mainly to playing them for comedy in things like A Slight Case of Murder and Brother Orchid); post-Code MGM instead of pre- Code Warner Bros., which surely means a softer handling of the gangster theme; a no-name director and female co-star, Jimmy Stewart in a thankless good guy role; and, not least, a sort of gangster Sin of Madelon Claudet plot in which Robinson gets to get weepy about not knowing his son while he's in Alcatraz.

And amazingly, it's all handled remarkably freshly-- and toughly, especially from the point where the movie pulls the rug out from under big shot Robinson with a long and realistically bleak prison train sequence. Almost every opportunity to sink into cliche is rethought to find a fresher angle-- instead of the archetypal Warner Bros. tough-guy prison, with the warden acting like a crime boss himself to keep his charges in line, the movie's Alcatraz is a streamlined, impersonal machine for reducing men to numbers, the striking production design as institutionally cold as the manner of the warden. The classic welcome home from the boys (such lovable gangster lugs as Lionel Stander and Edward Brophy) takes a highly unexpected turn-- and keeps turning. Although the scenes where he finally meets his son again are hampered by unrealistic dialogue for the kid, in all this is a strong and thoughtful adult drama which brings emotional realism back to a genre usually riddled with cliches.


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