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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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Trivia

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 »

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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: I ain't goin' to no Federal pen! There isn't one big enough to hold Joe Krozac!
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Referenced in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

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Robinson explodes out of the screen!
30 August 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is one of Edward G. Robinson's best performances. He played the gangster with the expired use by date in a number of movies, most notably in "Key Largo", but here he takes the character on a fascinating journey. He starts as a newly-wed little Napoleon, is crushed by his conviction on tax evasion, degraded through ten years of prison, and tortured to near death by his former gang when released. Through all this he is motivated by a great love for a son he has never met - when he does meet him finally his tender side is released.

What a challenging role this is - and how brilliantly Robinson rises to the challenge. At times you'll hate him, but he is always so vividly real that it is impossible not to empathise. Less effective is Rose Stradner as his wife - she too often slips into melodrama. It is perhaps not surprising to learn that she only made one other film. How fabulous Luise Rainer would have been in this role. The rest of the cast is terrific - that great Warner Bros store of thugs and villains - with Lionel Stander and John Carradine particular stand-outs.

And a pre-star James Stewart is the good guy - he even has a Clark Gable moustache in some scenes (the studio never let him grow that again!). The little boy is very icky - seems more English than American and is far too boy scouty to be appealing.

But add to all this strong direction, a good script, and stunning camera-work and you have a minor masterpiece. The torture scene is really very harrowing and the passage of time in prison montage is excellent - and you've got to love the opening credits.


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