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The Garment Jungle (1957)

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A story about the struggle of the International Ladys Garment Worker Union (ILGWU) to unionize a New York sweat shop... See full synopsis »

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A story about the struggle of the International Ladys Garment Worker Union (ILGWU) to unionize a New York sweat shop... See full synopsis »

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The whole naked truth about the rackets in New York's garment center!

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Joanna Barnes' film debut. See more »

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The baby that Robert Loggia is holding in the office and hallway of the Dress Union building is different when he enters another room. The first baby is younger with short blondish hair. The other baby is much bigger with longer, blackish hair. See more »

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Decent Little Noir
13 July 2012 | by (SoCal) – See all my reviews

Director Sherman effectively dovetails the lives of the Haves and the Have Nots in New York's famed garment district. For its time (1957), this was a film that attracted an adult audience and delicately handled a very adult subject matter (think "On the Waterfront," but not quite as sophisticated).

Loggia, Scala and Boone deliver memorable performances. Matthews is generally flat, and even Cobb seems uninvolved with the proceedings.

The breast feeding scene and the expletive statement "Go to Hell!" voiced by Matthews during a bitter fist fight with Boone demonstrate that the Code was cracking; both scenes are well done and not exploitive.

The violence is often brutal and anything but subtle.

The all-too-few location scenes are nicely juxtaposed with the studio shots.

The film's down side is that the factory floor and union meeting sets are much too small and do not include enough people to give the moments a sense of realism.

Keep in mind that this film would have been taboo in Hollywood five years earlier with HUAC and the very real threat of blacklisting.

See it for Scala, Loggia and Boone.


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