I Mobster (1958)

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The rise and fall of gang lord Joe Sante.



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Sante
Lita Milan ...
Teresa Porter
Black Frankie Udino
Mrs. Sante
Lili St. Cyr
John Brinkley ...
Ernie Porter
Paul Moran
The Blonde
Frank Gerstle ...
District Attorney
Wally Cassell ...
Cherry Nose Sirago (adult)
Jeri Southern ...


Joe Sante wants to be the big man, and nobody is going stand in his way. In a world full of smoke, molls, shakedowns, muscle, and murder, Joe knows what he wants and how to get it. But can he disregard his poor old immigrant parents who are ashamed of his criminal life? Will he drag his sweet girlfriend into the life of the underworld? And most importantly, can Joe trust his mobster friends? Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Release Date:

January 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gangster Nr. 1  »

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Film debut of Ron Soble. See more »


Featured in Wishful Thinking (1996) See more »


Written by Edward L. Alperson Jr.
Lyrics by Jerry Winn
(in credits but not used)
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A Historically significant film... maybe
15 November 2005 | by (Boondocks, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I, MOBSTER may have some historical significance, of a sort. This may be the first film based on a paperback original. When I say "paperback original" I'm referring to the flood of two-bit (literally, they sold for a quarter) paperback books that were NOT reprints: these books, published by Dell, Gold Medal (Fawcett) Lion and others had a boom after World war II, taking over the newsstands, drug store racks, etc. and hastening the demise of the pulp magazines. Writers like Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Jim Thompson and Charles Williams got their start in the paperback originals, and established writers like David Goodis and Cornell Woolrich turned to them for quick money.

Many of these books have now been filmed by the likes of Truffaut (SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER from Goodis' DOWN THERE) Cornfield (THE 3RD VOICE from Williams' ALL THE WAY) and others -- Jim Thompson most frequently --but as far as I can tell, Roger Corman's I, MOBSTER was the first, from an "anonymous" Gold Medal Original, I, MOBSTER, published in 1951.

Can anyone find an earlier?

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