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Gang War (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 March 1940 (USA)
Two mobs fight for control of the jukebox racket.


Leo C. Popkin


Walter Cooper (original story), Lewis Sherman (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Ralph Cooper Ralph Cooper ... Bob 'Killer' Meade
Gladys Snyder Gladys Snyder ... Maizie 'Sugar' Walford
Reginald Fenderson ... Danny - Meade's Chief Henchman (as Reggie Fenderson)
Laurence Criner Laurence Criner ... Lew Baron (as Lawrence Criner)
Monte Hawley Monte Hawley ... Bill - Baron's Henchman
Jess Lee Brooks Jess Lee Brooks ... Lt. Holmes (as Jesse Brooks)
Johnny Thomas Johnny Thomas ... Phil - Meade's Driver
Maceo Bruce Sheffield ... Bull Brown (as Maceo Sheffield)
Charles Hawkins Charles Hawkins ... Tip - Brown Henchman
Bobby Johnson Bobby Johnson ... Waxy - Baron Henchman
Henry Roberts Henry Roberts ... Slim - Meade Henchman
Harold Garrison Harold Garrison ... Slicum - Meade's Publicity Man


Two mobs fight for control of the jukebox racket.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir








Release Date:

29 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Street See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remember the Night
Written by Lew Porter (as Lou Porter) and Johnny Lange
Sung by Gladys Snyder with piano accompaniment
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Interesting "Race" Movie
19 May 2008 | by jtyrolerSee all my reviews

One of the possibly lesser known aspects of early to mid-20th century racism is "race" movies - movies made by African Americans largely for African-American audiences. I can't imagine what it would have been like when this was released in 1940 - about a month after Hattie McDaniel won her Oscar for "Gone With the Wind". For many people, this might have been their first, if not only, view of city life.

Although there probably wasn't much of a budget, this actually seems to make the most of what they to work with. It's a pretty good gangster movie. It's a chance to see life in Harlem just prior to WWII, and quite probably, one of the few chances to see these entertainers on film.

This is the story of an ambitious gangster who fights his way towards the top of the Harlem underworld who takes over, what appears to have been a lucrative business in jukeboxes. This isn't as violent as some of the Warner Brothers pre-code gangster movies (i.e., "The Public Enemy" or "Scarface"), but is fairly fast-paced and well worth watching. I'm glad TCM showed this rare gem.

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