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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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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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THE FRANKEST STORY A MOVIE STAR EVER TOLD ABOUT HOLLYWOOD! (original 6-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

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Biography | Drama

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22 November 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der tanzende Gangster  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Raft is shot in front of the cigar store, one can observe the low-speed projectiles used to break the glass windows of the store behind him. See more »

Quotes

George Raft: [to his mirror image] What the hell happened to YOU?
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Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely Gal Lonely
Music by Jeff Alexander
Lyrics by Guy
Song by Julie London
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Just for the music
28 December 2001 | by (Ssomerset England) – See all my reviews

A somewhat cardboardy and flat performance from everyone. I would have rated it less than 5 if it hadn't been for the music. But the dancing and some of the singing was excellent - a lot of effort had been put into setting the routines into the correct period. So, good marks for that, but not for anything else. And what a corny inconclusive ending.


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