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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Paul North
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Edward Brophy ...
Fats Garvey (as Edward S. Brophy)
Alan Baxter ...
Acey Kile
Frank Conroy ...
Sid Gorman
Louise Beavers ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

12 November 1937 (USA)  »

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Another Public Enemy  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Many actors listed in studio records as appearing in this film are not seen in the final print. These are, with their character names: Ernie Alexander, Nick Copeland and Frank Marlowe (Reporters), William Arnold, Arthur Howard, Mitchell Ingraham, Broderick O'Farrell and Cyril Ring (Fathers), Cy Kendall and Pierre Watkin (Editors), Eddie Marr (Frankie File), Walter Miller, (Mike Kile) and Paul Sutton (George Kile). See more »


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 »


Joe Krozac: I ain't goin' to no Federal pen! There isn't one big enough to hold Joe Krozac!
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Quite awful
19 December 2005 | by (BC) – See all my reviews

Starts out OK, obviously patterned on Capone's downfall resulting in him being shipped off to Alcatraz. And for about 10 minutes once Robinson gets there this promised to be a gripping gangster drama. But does it all slide downhill quick after that, turning into a bowl of sentimental slop about his redemption over the love of his son who is born while he's off to the bighouse.

Robinson does a stalwart enough tough guy turn here, but he's just doing what he did in his sleep back then, so the film cannot be recommended on his performance alone. It's a bad film. Very hackneyed script that fails its promise. James Stewart fans won't consider this his finest hour either. He's stuck in a contrived part as Robinson's ex wife's new hubby. The scene where he first meets her has to be seen to be believed. Then there's that Clark Gable moustache he's forced to wear after the story jumps ahead 10 years. His embarrassment shows.

Unless you're on a mission to see everything Edward G. or Jimmy Stewart ever appeared in, this one's really only good for a laugh.

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