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Gang War (1940)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 March 1940 (USA)
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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
Reginald Fenderson ...
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)
Maceo Bruce Sheffield ...
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)


Two mobs fight for control of the jukebox racket.

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Crime | Drama






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29 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Street  »

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1.37 : 1
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Remember the Night
Written by Lew Porter (as Lou Porter) and Johnny Lange
Sung by Gladys Snyder with piano accompaniment
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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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