Gangster Story (1959)

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Hoodlum Jack Martin is on the lam and robs a small town bank which brings the local cops and local crime boss into the mix.



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Complete credited cast:
Jack Martin
Carol Grace ...
Carol Logan, Librarian
Bruce MacFarlane ...
Earl J. Dawson
Garry Walberg ...
Adolph (as Gerrett Wallberg)
Raikin Ben-Ari ...
'Plumber' a Hood (as Raiken BenAri)
David Leonard ...
Bank President W. Palmer
John Albright ...
Clegg Hoyt ...
Caretaker at Country Club (as Clegg Hoit)


Gangster and cop killer Jack Martin is on the run from the law, and hides out in a small town. Low on funds, he engineers a clever bank robbery that yields him a big bundle. Now he has not only the cops and the FBI after him, but also the local crime boss, who's outraged that an outsider can pull off a heist like that in his territory and not cut him in on it. Written by

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Filmed where it actually happened... the true story of Jack Martin !


Crime | Drama | Thriller





Release Date:

December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gangsterskaya istoriya  »

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$75,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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All dialog voices were looped. See more »


The Itch for Scratch
Music by Leonard Barr
Lyrics by Ronald Bloomberg
Sung by Ted Stanford
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Schlocky disappointment - pure camp
16 June 2008 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

The only good thing in this flop is Matthau himself, due to his ever-reliable acting. It looks like a high school student's first film-making project.

The script is halfway digestible, but forget it as a film overall. The physical quality of the film is poor, rendering a hard-to-watch amateurish mess that looks like it was shot in Super 8 B&W.

Some aspects of the directing are good, such as continuity, camera angles, consistent characterizations, balance of lighting throughout, good splices between medium shots and close-ups, and between location long shots and close-up's, etc. But this is not enough to negate the schlockiness factor. The term "campy" camps in this film.

The casting was, for the most part, amateurish. With a big-name cast and higher quality filming, and maybe a slightly punched-up script, it might have gotten a few feet off the ground.

There is enough good acting on Matthau's part, and that of his girlfriend (played by his newlywed real-life wife, Carol Grace), to somehow help you struggle through this weak effort at cinematography, just to see how in the world it could possibly end. And it does end with an unusual surprise.

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