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The George Raft Story (1961)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 22 November 1961 (USA)
Dancer George Raft (Ray Danton) finds himself involved with the criminal underworld. After a conflict with gangster boss Frank Donatella (Joe de Santis), he is exiled to Hollywoood, where ... See full summary »

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Lisa Lang
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June Tyler
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Mrs. Raft
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Harvey
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Dancer George Raft (Ray Danton) finds himself involved with the criminal underworld. After a conflict with gangster boss Frank Donatella (Joe de Santis), he is exiled to Hollywoood, where he wins a role in the film "Scarface" and becomes famous. He lives with actress Lisa Lang (Jayne Mansfield) in a huge villa, but when his mother dies, he deserts her. His career slides downhill until he is offered a part in "Some Like it Hot" and becomes famous again. Written by alfiehitchie

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THIS IS THE HOLLYWOOD YOU'VE NEVER KNOWN...THE WAY A STAR LIVED IT...AND NOW TELLS IT! (original 3-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

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Biography | Drama

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22 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Der tanzende Gangster  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jayne Mansfield's character is based on George Raft's relationship with Betty Grable. See more »

Goofs

The film opens with a title card that reads "New York in the late 1920's", then proceeds to show scenes of the city with 1950's-era cars driving about and buildings that had not been built yet in the montage. See more »

Quotes

George Raft: [to his mirror image] What the hell happened to YOU?
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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

You've Got to See Mama Every Night
Sung by Barbara Nichols
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Women's costumes and hairstyles
31 May 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I was intrigued to learn about George Raft's life so I watched it.

I Googled him while I was watching. I learned about him turning down major Warner Brother roles and thought they could have focused on that a little more. It was quite sad that for an actor who did great gangster stuff from the 30's to the 40's that his last great movie was Some Like it Hot where he played a parody of himself and that he was relegated to a greeter at a Havana casino which went down south due to Castro's overthrow of the government.

Similar to Hogan's Heroes as far as the wrong era being used for the female actors, Why were behives and long flowing hair as well as sixties style dresses and shoes used? I was so focused on that that the movie was actually distracting.

That was the only thing I got out of the movie.


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