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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Touhy
Herman 'Owl' Banghart
Police Capt. Steven Warren
George Carroll
William Post Jr. ...
Joseph P. Sutton
Thomas J. 'Smoke' Reardon (as Henry Morgan)
Matt Briggs ...
Horace Cameron
Riley (as Maroni Olsen)
FBI Agent Boyden
FBI Agent Kerrigan
Bernard 'Troubles' O'Connor
'Ice Box' Hamilton
FBI Agent


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Release Date:

July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Roger Touhy  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The prison scenes were filmed at Stateville Prison in Joliet, Illinois, where the real Roger Touhy was incarcerated. The film was previewed at Stateville on July 12, 1943 with the Governor of Illinois (Dwight H. Green), and over 1,000 police officers and State's Attorneys from Chicago other Illinois communities in attendance. Touhy, who was suing 20th Century Fox (unsuccessfully it turned out) to prevent the films release, was not invited to the show, nor were any other prisoners, which was held in the prison chapel. See more »

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Crime pays
21 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Roger Touhy (Preston Foster) and his gang are sent to jail for the kidnap of Joe Sutton (William Post Jr) thanks to the evidence given against them by former gang member 'Smoke' Reardon (Henry Morgan). A few years later, Reardon turns up in the same prison. Uh-oh. Touhy makes an escape with his gang but do they get away with it?

The cast are good, especially 'Troubles' (Frank Jenks), 'Owl' (Victor McLaglen) and Carroll (Anthony Quinn) as likable gang members. The film plays out at a good pace and whilst it is the story of a true life gangster, the events are not necessarily true to life. For example, although Touhy went to prison for kidnap, he was not actually involved in the crime and later released. The film portrays him as leading a kidnap. The facts don't matter (unless you are Roger Touhy) as it is a good story anyway. One minor criticism is that the film is quite dark in parts and difficult to make out. Still, I'm glad I bought it.

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