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Gangs of the Waterfront (1945)

 -  Drama  -  3 July 1945 (USA)
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Gang Leader Dutch Malone goes on a hunting trip and is in a car wreck and is confined to the hospital, without the knowledge of any of his gang members. District Attorney Brady induces ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Armstrong ...
Stephanie Bachelor ...
Jane Rodgers
Anjo Ferreati
Marion Martin ...
Rita (as Marian Martin)
William Forrest ...
Dist. Atty. Brady
Wilton Graff ...
Police Commissioner Hogan
Henchman Miller (as Edward Hall)
Jack O'Shea ...
Davison Clark ...
Dr. Martin
Dick Elliott ...
Police Chief Davis


Gang Leader Dutch Malone goes on a hunting trip and is in a car wreck and is confined to the hospital, without the knowledge of any of his gang members. District Attorney Brady induces taxidermist Peter Winkly, who is an exact double for Malone,to impersonate Dutch and assume leadership of the gang. Winkly "takes over" the gang and only Rita, Dutch's girl friend, has any suspicion that he is not really Dutch. But Dutch sees a newspaper showing him out on the town, escapes from the hospital and is on his way to look up the impostor. Written by Les Adams <>

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3 July 1945 (USA)  »

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Bandidos do Cais  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A good Republic gem.

What a cute little film noir made by Republic Pictures Studios. I won't repeat the plot line our good friend Long Horn wrote from a library movie dictionary, without having watched this movie, I guess...

It's a short film, but many things happen and it seems longer, like Warner features. A ringer tale, where a man impersonates another in order to put a gang behind gates or anything else. It's funny but I watched this film, written by a guy named Fuller - Sam Fuller -, just after seeing another B film noir whose title was ROSES ARE RED, with a very similar plot; a gangster takes a D.A place, impersonating him in criminal purposes. And, as in this Republic film, things don't happen as planned for the bad guys...

This kind of story is always interesting, breathtaking, because the audience never knows how or when exactly the people around the leads, impersonating each other, will find out what actually happened. That's the real suspense. The audience knows a thing the lead character, the hero, doesn't...

Always remember James Stewart in VERTIGO...

But that's another comment. And also another movie.

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