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Gangster Story (1959)

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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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)
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Bank President W. Palmer
John Albright ...
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Clegg Hoyt ...
Caretaker at Country Club (as Clegg Hoit)
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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

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Gangsterskaya istoriya  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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Walter Matthau and his newlywed wife, co-star Carol Grace, were so broke by the time this film was made (mainly due to Matthau's gambling debts) that the couple had to pawn most of their wedding gifts just to afford to pay rent. They were so desperate financially that Matthau accepted the role of director and star for only $2,500. He later commented to the effect that it was the worst movie ever made, then adding, "Let me put it this way. It was the worst film I ever made. It was a poor script by a hack writer and a famous cardiovascular surgeon who produced the film with his brother who was a textile manufacturer from Philadelphia." He said the film "premiered at Loew's in Newark, and was so bad it never crossed the Hudson." See more »

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The Itch for Scratch
Music by Leonard Barr
Lyrics by Ronald Bloomberg
Sung by Ted Stanford
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Corny, but enjoyable
27 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is fun movie to watch if you enjoy old, low-budget B movies. I enjoyed the California scenery and cars from the 1950s probably more than the movie.

The plot and acting is pretty corny but it's still an enjoyable movie, even if it's only for a few laughs.

I even like the stale kind of dialog you get from the cops ... "attention all cars" kind of thing.

It reminds me of something that might have played at one of those old drive-in double features.

The film probably would have been a total dud, but having Walter Matthau helped make it watchable.


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