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Loan Shark (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 May 1952 (USA)
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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Joe Gargen
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Ann Nelson
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Lou Donelli
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Vince Phillips
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Charlie Thompson
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Ivy
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Lawrence Dobkin ...
Walter Kerr (as Larry Dobkin)
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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 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 <youroldpaljim@yahoo.com>

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loan shark | murder | extortion | See All (3) »

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He knew every racket's strength . . . and every woman's weakness!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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23 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Les requins font la loi  »

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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 »

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Despite using a six-shot revolver, one of the characters in the final reel fires eleven shots without reloading. See more »

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Peru
by Victor Young and Edward Heyman
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Good tough crime film
7 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While not a fan of Raft's starring qualities for major studio films, I really enjoy him in tough little black and white B films like this. Low budget, filmed quickly, they seem a good fit for his real life tough, sometimes lowlife persona and abilities. I intend this as a compliment to Raft and if you watch "Loan Shark" you will see what I mean.

In addition to Raft you have here a fine supporting cast including one of the best John Hoyt crime performances of his long distinguished career.

Factories, lunch boxes and cheap hoods. Really evokes the underside of the 1950's and moves along briskly. Surprisingly entertaining.


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