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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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Paul Nelson
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Charlie Thompson
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Ivy
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Lawrence 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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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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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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Peru
by Victor Young and Edward Heyman
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Don't mess with George Raft!

George Raft is Joe Gargan, an ex con who is hired by a tire factory owner and a union leader to help smash a loan sharking mob that has been preying on factory workers. Joe works his way into the loan sharkers operation in order to get the goods on the guy who killed his brother in law and find out who the mobs top boss is. Since Joe can't tell anyone what he is up to, this puts a strain on his personal life; his sister no longer wants anything to do with him and he gets dumped by his girlfriend. Of course Joe clears everything up at the end.

Although LOAN SHARK has a somewhat weak script, the film is a fast paced, well acted, and efficient gangster thriller. Dorthy Hart, who played Jane to Lex Barkers Tarzan the same year as this film, looks lovely. Overall, LOAN SHARK is recommend for fans of George Raft and post war gangster movies.


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