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Loan Shark (1952)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  23 May 1952 (USA)
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A vicious loan shark ring has been preying on factory workers. When several workers at a tire factory suffer violence at the hands of the loan sharkers, a union leader and the factory owner... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Gargen
Ann Nelson
Lou Donelli
Vince Phillips
Helen Westcott ...
Martha Gargen Haines
Henry Slate ...
Paul Nelson
Charlie Thompson
Benny Baker ...
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Walter Kerr (as Larry Dobkin)


A vicious loan shark ring has been preying on factory workers. When several workers at a tire factory suffer violence at the hands of the loan sharkers, a union leader and the factory owner try to recruit ex-con Joe Gargan to infiltrate to the gang. At first Joe does not want to get involved, but changes his mind when his brother-in-law dies at the hands of a savage loan shark hood. Joe works his way into the mob, but in order to keep his cover, Joe can't tell anyone what he is up to. This results in him being disowned by his sister and girl friend. Written by Jim Riecken <>

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loan shark | murder | extortion


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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23 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Loan Shark  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Gail Russell was originally hired to play Ann Nelson, but her problems with alcohol, which eventually destroyed her career, resulted in her being replaced by Dorothy Hart before production began. See more »


The actor killed in the final sequence can be seen reacting twice to being shot in different angles BEFORE the shot is actually fired. See more »

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tremendous opening
2 February 2007 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Very good noir that doesn't pause for a moment, gives us a good look at the inside of the tyre manufacturing factory and the allied thuggery via the loan sharks and plenty of violence. Indeed this is a fairly tough one with vicious beatings (if not always particularly convincing) and a very decent performance from George Raft. He seems a bit old to still be playing the ladies' man but when he makes a grab for his sister's friend and forces a kiss from her, we realize this is someone not to underestimate. The story moves along well and it is only a shame that after the tremendous opening with the rain soaked and heavily shadowed streets leading us to the first beating, things slow down, just a little. Plenty of good stuff though and a fine and unusually set finale.

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