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Baby Face Morgan (1942)

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When gang chief Big Mike Morgan is killed, his lieutenant, "Doc" Rogers re-organizes the mob. Learning that Morgan has a son named Edward , living in the country with his mother, Rogers has... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Cromwell ...
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Robert Armstrong ...
'Doc' Rogers
Chick Chandler ...
Oliver Harrison
Warren Hymer ...
Wise Willie
Charles Judels ...
'Deacon' Davis
Vince Barnett ...
Lefty Lewis
Ralf Harolde ...
Joe Torelli
Hal K. Dawson ...
J.B. Brown
Toddy Peterson ...
Mabel
Kenneth Chryst ...
'Mouse' (as Kenny Chryst)
Pierce Lyden ...
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When gang chief Big Mike Morgan is killed, his lieutenant, "Doc" Rogers re-organizes the mob. Learning that Morgan has a son named Edward , living in the country with his mother, Rogers has him brought to the city, and installs him as the head of Acme Protective Agency, which is a blind for gang's shakedown activities with local merchants. Edward thinks his father left him a legitimate business, and that he is running an actual insurance company. Rogers tells the gang members that "Baby Face" Morgan is now in charge, is a cold-blooded killer and does not even want the gang members to know him. Joe Torelli, who thinks he should be the leader of the gang, is suspicious and grows more so after the protection collection money starts to roll in, and nobody sees the money after it is turned over to Rogers, who tells them that "Baby Face" is handling the dough. Complications arise when Edward/"Baby Face" meets Virginia Clark , head of a transportation company, who has had a truck wrecked ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's a Shocker! Thriller! and a Laugh! (original poster)

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15 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Morgan il bandito  »

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Bad Execution
10 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Baby Face Morgan is one frustrating film. Producers Releasing Corporation a true poverty row outfit assembled a good cast of players and had a really original idea for a story. If this had been done by a major studio with a top director this could have been one of the great comedy gems of the era.

Richard Cromwell is in the title role and he plays a hayseed young man who happens to be the son of a notorious gangster. Dad split from Mom and Cromwell never had any contact with him.

Cromwell has a Mr. Deeds like quality to him as Robert Armstrong plucks him from obscurity to use him as a front man for their protection racket. Things go well for Armstrong until Cromwell falls for Mary Carlisle who heads a trucking company that was a victim of the protection racket. It all unravels for Armstrong after that.

Any film with such colorful movie faces like Warren Hymer, Chick Chandler, Charles Judel and Ralf Harolde is going to be enjoyable on some level. But there was real potential here that was sadly wasted.

What Preston Sturges could have done with Baby Face Morgan.


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