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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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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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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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Debt Over Your Head
29 March 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Loan Shark finds George Raft an ex-con come to live with his sister Helen Westcott after his release. Their neighbor and secretary to the owner of the factory where Westcott's husband is employed, Dorothy Hart puts in a good word for Raft for a job.

Owner Charles Meredith has a special job in mind for Raft, investigating and finding out who's behind a group of loan sharks who have been putting many of his employees in their debt. Raft doesn't want this kind of work, but changes his mind when his brother-in-law Bill Phipps is killed.

But unfortunately this involves Raft going undercover and working for the gang until he can find out who the real boss is. He makes a lot of enemies, including Westcott and Hart until the job is done.

The film was done for B picture studio Lippert films and possibly at a major studio it would have had a lot of the plot holes filled. The writing could have used some improvement, but action goes along at a nice pace and Raft is perfectly cast in the hero part. During this time Raft was doing most of his work in B films and some of them are not bad at all. Loan Shark is one of them.


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