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The Gangster (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 November 1947 (USA)
Barry Sulivan is a cynical gangster who controls the Neptune Beach waterfront. He runs a numbers racket with the local soda shop owner: the police are in his pocket and the local hoods are on his payroll.

Director:

Gordon Wiles

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs (story "Low Company"), Daniel Fuchs (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry Sullivan ... Shubunka
Belita ... Nancy Starr
Joan Lorring ... Dorothy
Akim Tamiroff ... Nick Jammey
Harry Morgan ... Shorty (as Henry Morgan)
John Ireland ... Frank Karty
Sheldon Leonard ... Cornell
Fifi D'Orsay ... Mrs. Olga Ostroleng
Virginia Christine ... Mrs. Mary Karty
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Oval
Ted Hecht Ted Hecht ... Swain (as Theodore Hecht)
Leif Erickson ... Beaumont
Charles McGraw ... Dugas
John Kellogg ... Sterling
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Storyline

Shubunka is the self-made head of the rackets in the sleazy boardwalk community of Neptune City, a low-rent version of Coney Island. He has become infatuated with a sultry nightclub chanteuse and lavishes her with gifts and attention, spending money on her that might better go to maintaining his hold on his operation. His obsession with her, as well as his pride, clouds his judgment as Cornell, a much more ruthless hoodlum, moves in on Shubunka's territory, bribes and threatens his associates, and compromises his operation. As if in a Greek tragedy, the petty gangster's weaknesses conspire to cause his downfall. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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TOLD WITH BULLET FORCE BY THE PRODUCERS OF "DILLINGER" (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Low Company See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Daniel Fuchs wrote the screenplay based on his own book. See more »

Goofs

About 15 minutes into the picture, when people are going up and down the stairs to the elevated train platform, a shadow of the camera and crew member falls across them. See more »

Quotes

Shubunka: [to Dorothy] You understood nothing. You're sweet, lovely, and good. You're also very young. Pay for my sins? You know what my sins were? I'll tell you. That I wasn't rotten enough. I wasn't mean and low and dirty enough. That's right, I should have smashed Cornell first. I should have hounded Jammy, kept after him, killed him myself. I should have trusted no one, never had a friend. I should have never loved a woman. That's the way the world is. Wait, live, find out yourself that's the way you ...
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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Paradise
Written by Gordon Clifford and Nacio Herb Brown
Sung by Belita (dubbed)
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Interesting
8 March 2001 | by _DanSee all my reviews

As a film noir entousiasme, I don't rate this film on the top ten of the genre. But it has some moments. Some great shots by Cinematographer Paul Ivano that would deserve being laminated and hanged on a wall. I'll let you notice them. Also check out a young 24 years old Shelley Winter with a 10 seconds scene as a waitress.

In brief a movie carried by cinematography more than acting, by atmosphere more than by a script.


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