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Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944)

 -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  July 1944 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Preston Foster ...
Roger Touhy
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Herman 'Owl' Banghart
Lois Andrews ...
Daisy
Kent Taylor ...
Police Capt. Steven Warren
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George Carroll
William Post Jr. ...
Joseph P. Sutton
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Thomas J. 'Smoke' Reardon (as Henry Morgan)
Matt Briggs ...
Horace Cameron
Moroni Olsen ...
Riley (as Maroni Olsen)
Reed Hadley ...
FBI Agent Boyden
Trudy Marshall ...
Gloria
John Archer ...
FBI Agent Kerrigan
Frank Jenks ...
Bernard 'Troubles' O'Connor
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'Ice Box' Hamilton
Charles Lang ...
FBI Agent
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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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A Top Cult Movie of the 1960s
20 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

It's amazing to find a buzzword cult movie of the 1960s so utterly neglected 50 years later. True, "Roger Touhy, Gangster" was not numbered among the top ten, but it would certainly have made the 1960s' top thirty. Originally filmed as a 95-minute "A" feature and given a great publicity boost with an elaborate in-prison premiere in 1943, the movie came unstuck when the Hays Office demanded that 32 minutes be jettisoned. Although the events depicted all occurred in Touhy's real-life criminal career, the censors objected that this still gave no license to Fox to show such brutality on the screen. In order to placate the Hays Office, Fox made the cuts and then shot an extra two minutes with the Warden of Statesville Prison as an Epilogue. Even so, the movie still packs quite a punch in its shorn version. Director Robert Florey has handled his big-budget scenes with considerable flair. But while some scenes stagger the eye with their generous budget, other episodes (re-takes, perhaps?) have obviously been filmed on the cheap with some of the most incredible skimping ever perpetrated by a major studio.


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