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Gang War (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 March 1940 (USA)
Two mobs fight for control of the jukebox racket.

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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Cooper ...
Bob 'Killer' Meade
Gladys Snyder ...
Maizie 'Sugar' Walford
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Danny (Meade's chief henchman) (as Reggie Fenderson)
Laurence Criner ...
Lew Baron (as Lawrence Criner)
Monte Hawley ...
Bill (Baron's henchman)
Jess Lee Brooks ...
Lt. Holmes (as Jesse Brooks)
Johnny Thomas ...
Phil (Meade's driver)
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Bull Brown (as Maceo Sheffield)
Charles Hawkins ...
Tip (Brown henchman)
Bobby Johnson ...
Waxy (Baron henchman)
Henry Roberts ...
Slim (Meade henchman)
Harold Garrison ...
Slicum (Meade's publicity man)
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Two mobs fight for control of the jukebox racket.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Approved
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29 March 1940 (USA)  »

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Crime Street  »

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1.37 : 1
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A routine crime drama with nothing special to recommend.
16 July 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews



Ralph Cooper, Lawrence Criner and Maceo Sheffield are three gang leaders in Harlem vying for control of the jukebox business, but none of them had a flair for acting like a tough gang boss. As a result, I never did get involved with the goings on. I guess I am spoiled by portrayals by James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Muni and Humphrey Bogart in some of the mainstream crime movies of the 30's. This film has its fistfights, car chases and shootouts, and a love interest in Gladys Snyder, but it somehow left me cold.

This was a "race" film with an all black cast, intended for black audiences, and it's interesting to note that Ralph Cooper was often called "The Bronze Bogart" in ads. As tough guys, there's no comparison.


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