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Big Town Czar (1939)

Passed | | Mystery | 11 May 1939 (USA)
When gangster Phil Daley gets rid of his chief Paul Burgess he has everything that money can buy, except the respect of his parents and his sweetheart Susan Warren. His younger brother ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann, Ed Sullivan (story "Czar of Broadway")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barton MacLane ... Phil Daley
Tom Brown ... Danny Daley
Eve Arden ... Susan Warren
Jack La Rue ... Mike Luger
Frank Jenks ... Sid Travers
Walter Woolf King ... Paul Burgess
Oscar O'Shea ... Pa Daley
Esther Dale ... Ma Daley
Horace McMahon ... Punchy
Ed Sullivan ... Narrator / Newspaper Columnist
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When gangster Phil Daley gets rid of his chief Paul Burgess he has everything that money can buy, except the respect of his parents and his sweetheart Susan Warren. His younger brother Danny quits college and forces Phil to make him part of the gang. The overly-ambitious Danny fixes a prize-fight on which rival gang-leader Mike Luger loses heavily and, thinking that Phil has double-crossed him, sends gunmen out to kill Phil. They kill Danny instead and the frightened Phil flees to a country hideout. His chief lieutenant, Sid Travis, sets a trap for Phil when he returns. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He Dominated the Sinister Snarl of the Underworld...with a bankroll in one hand...and a gun in the other! See more »

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting the Racketeers See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Gangster's Mistake
1 January 2017 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Phil Daley muscles in on his own boss taking over the NYC's number's racket and is enjoying the high life. His younger brother Danny quits college when he sees how his brother lives and becomes one of his agents. Danny decides to get into the fight racket by telling Chuck Hardy, championship contender, to take a dive. When Hardy loses the fight, rival gang leader Mike Luger loses a fortune and decides to get revenge on the Daleys.

This is a film without much purpose or reasoning. Barton MacLane's character is a jerk but at the same time, he is really given the blame and anger of everyone he encounters due to his brother's idiotic actions. The characters just seem to be going through the motions and the audience is just left thinking that there are a lot better stories that drive home the point that crime doesn't pay.


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