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Baby Face Morgan (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 15 September 1942 (USA)
When gang chief Big Mike Morgan is killed, his lieutenant, "Doc" Rogers re-organizes the mob. Learning that Morgan has a son named Edward , living in the country with his mother, Rogers has... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Dreifuss

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Edward Dein (screenplay), Jack Rubin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Cromwell ... Edward 'Baby Face' Morgan
Mary Carlisle ... Virginia Clark
Robert Armstrong ... 'Doc' Rogers
Chick Chandler ... Oliver Harrison
Warren Hymer ... Wise Willie
Charles Judels ... 'Deacon' Davis
Vince Barnett ... Lefty Lewis
Ralf Harolde ... Joe Torelli
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... J.B. Brown
Toddy Peterson Toddy Peterson ... Mabel
Kenneth Chryst Kenneth Chryst ... 'Mouse' (as Kenny Chryst)
Pierce Lyden ... Gap
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When gang chief Big Mike Morgan is killed, his lieutenant, "Doc" Rogers re-organizes the mob. Learning that Morgan has a son named Edward , living in the country with his mother, Rogers has him brought to the city, and installs him as the head of Acme Protective Agency, which is a blind for gang's shakedown activities with local merchants. Edward thinks his father left him a legitimate business, and that he is running an actual insurance company. Rogers tells the gang members that "Baby Face" Morgan is now in charge, is a cold-blooded killer and does not even want the gang members to know him. Joe Torelli, who thinks he should be the leader of the gang, is suspicious and grows more so after the protection collection money starts to roll in, and nobody sees the money after it is turned over to Rogers, who tells them that "Baby Face" is handling the dough. Complications arise when Edward/"Baby Face" meets Virginia Clark , head of a transportation company, who has had a truck wrecked ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

It's a Shocker! Thriller! and a Laugh! (original poster)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Morgan il bandito See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Screwball 'B' Gangster Flick
5 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was almost what they call a "curiosity piece," something really odd. It's part of a "Mobsters Movies" 4-movie DVD disc of short, old crime films...but it was more of a slapstick, corny comedy than a "mobster" movie, although it did involve gangsters.

Richard Cromwell plays "Baby Face," a supposedly-notorious gangster who really is a fake and doesn't know it himself until the end. He's really just a puppet figure invented by gangster Robert Armstrong who uses him as a never-seen mob boss as a scheme to skim money from the gang. Hijinks ensue late in the film when all parties discover what exactly is going on. The craziness also involves a romance between Cromwell and Mary Carlise ("Virginia"). I didn't take much time figuring a better way to explain this screwball story, and I apologize for that. Hey, the movie didn't take long, either: one hour.

It's a silly "B' film but charming with some likable leads and cornball humor. It's not boring but it's not something you'd watch over and over, either. The picture quality is not good but that's what you often get with a DVD that gives you four films for a cheap price.


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