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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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Tubby
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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Mixed moral message??
26 May 2013 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

So George Raft goes illegally undercover to bust up a loan shark racket and at the same time gives the mob a new idea to prey on house wives and if they cant pay up - well in the real world would have been exploited for very obvious sexual payments of various kinds.

Hollywood certainly comes up with some odd morality tales.

Good little film for what it is and another combination of films like Souls for Sale, I was a Communits for the FBI - that kind of thing. Lots of B-Grade familiar faces, fasted paced with typical tough guy dialogue sprinkled throughout. Looking back on these times, i am not sure if i would want to go back to this era.


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