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Writers:
Lester Velie (articles)
Harry Kleiner (story)
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Release Date:
25 April 1957 (USA) See more »
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The whole naked truth about the rackets in New York's garment center!
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Lee J. Cobb ... Walter Mitchell

Kerwin Mathews ... Alan Mitchell
Gia Scala ... Theresa Renata

Richard Boone ... Artie Ravidge
Valerie French ... Lee Hackett

Robert Loggia ... Tulio Renata

Joseph Wiseman ... George Kovan

Harold J. Stone ... Tony

Adam Williams ... Ox

Wesley Addy ... Mr. Paul

Willis Bouchey ... Dave Bronson

Robert Ellenstein ... Fred Kenner

Celia Lovsky ... Tulio's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne Alexander ... Joanne (uncredited)

Joanna Barnes ... Bit Model (uncredited)
Bonnie Bolding ... Model (uncredited)

Eve Brent ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Shirley Buchanan ... Announcer (uncredited)
Anna Lee Carroll ... Model (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Miller (uncredited)
Lillian Culver ... Buyer (uncredited)
Jann Darlyn ... On-Line Model (uncredited)
Madelyn Darrow ... On-Line Model (uncredited)
Diane DeLaire ... High Fashion Model (uncredited)
Millicent Deming ... Announcer (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Male Operator (uncredited)
Ruth Gillis ... Model (uncredited)
Joan Granville ... Girl Operator (uncredited)
Marilyn Hanold ... Model (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... Bartender (uncredited)
Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Secretary (uncredited)
Dorothy Kellogg ... Model (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man at Buyers' Show (uncredited)
Ellie Kent ... Stephanie (uncredited)
June Kirby ... On-Line Model (uncredited)
Donald Kirke ... Salesman (uncredited)
Paul Knight ... Salesman (uncredited)
Betty Koch ... Buyer (uncredited)
Joe Lanza ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Model (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Garment Worker (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Buyer (uncredited)
Laurie Mitchell ... Model (uncredited)
Peggy O'Connor ... Model (uncredited)

Gloria Pall ... Fitting Model (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Shop Worker (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Salesman (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Archie Savage ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ... Old Lady Operator (uncredited)
Jon Shepodd ... Alfredi (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Onlooker at Fred's Death (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Salesman (uncredited)

Jud Taylor ... Latzo (uncredited)
June Tolley ... Model (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Truck Driver's Helper (uncredited)
Paul Weber ... Salesman (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
Robert Aldrich (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Lester Velie (articles Gangsters in the Dress Business)

Harry Kleiner (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Harry Kleiner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson  (as Robert E. Peterson)
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Frank Tuttle  (as Frank A. Tuttle)
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irving J. Moore .... assistant director (as Irving Moore)
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Frank Bayes .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ferrol Redd .... sound (uncredited)
Evelyn Rutledge .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Leith Stevens .... conductor
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Earl Barton .... choreographer (uncredited)
Adele T. Strassfield .... assistant: Robert Aldrich (uncredited)
 

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88 min
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Joanna Barnes' film debut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: About half way through, when the truck drives forward into the ally past the union 'picketers' towards the elevator. After they kill Tulio the truck is inexplicably turned-around (without room in the ally to turn around) and drives forward out of the ally the same way it came in.See more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Tough late noir delves into labor battleground of New York in the late ‘50s, 21 September 2002
Author: bmacv from Western New York

In 1956, in broad daylight in midtown Manhattan, labor columnist Victor Riesel, who had written an expose of corruption in a Long Island union, was blinded by a bottle of acid flung into his face. This was the brutal New York battleground in which the aptly named The Garment Jungle took place the following year, a tough and absorbing drama about the fight to unionize the rag trade.

Lee J. Cobb runs a women's-dresses firm; his ardently pro-labor partner, in the opening moments of the film, plummets to his death down a freight elevator shaft. It was no accident. Proud entrepreneur Cobb, though shaken, persists in his campaign to keep unions out of his shop by paying protection to a ruthless mobster (Richard Boone). Cobb's son (Kerwin Matthews) returns from a stay in Europe and, sympathizing with the piece-work jobbers, starts poking his nose into his father's business arrangements. He befriends a union organizer (Robert Loggia) who meets with a knife in an alley. Ultimately even Cobb comes to realize he's been dancing with the devil and tries to break off his alliance with Boone, who in turn unleashes his standard retaliation. But Matthews discovers the location of ledgers recording the history pay-offs....

Vincent Sherman, a veteran of both Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, directed, with some measure of assistance from Robert Aldrich. But here no divas reign; both Gia Scala and Valerie French take subsidiary roles, if not small ones. Hard guys dominate the movie, as they did in On The Waterfront, another look at New York City's labor relations (while nowhere near as mythic as that epic, The Garment Jungle matches it in brutality and in an unapologetically leftist point of view).

The movie boasts clarity and pace; there's even some nicely observed detail. Early scenes in the factory cleave into an upstairs/downstairs dichotomy: the jobbers sweat and toil for a pittance while the fashion models step into and out of elegant frocks (but, in malicious asides, the models grouse about being exploited as `escorts' for out-of-town buyers looking for a big night in the Big Apple).

With the exception of the merely serviceable Matthews (whose young career stumbled after this movie and never regained its footing), the cast is notably fine. Cobb reins in his basso-profundo growl and curmudgeonly shtik, while Boone, Loggia (in his credited debut) and Joseph Wiseman (as a union stoolie) give restrained, convincing performances. Moments when the script threatens to go treacly are swiftly undercut by violence, and the movie never wavers from its plea on behalf of men and women risking their very lives to fight for a living wage. It's a stance that will strike many as hopelessly dated, in an era when Americans aspire to the status of stockholders; maybe that accounts for the obscurity of a bold and unsentimental film from late in the noir cycle that is brazen enough to make an overt political statement.

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