6.5/10
311
15 user 5 critic

Loan Shark (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 May 1952 (USA)
At the request of factory owners and union leaders, a tough ex-con infiltrates a gang of loan sharks who are preying on financially desperate factory workers.

Director:

Seymour Friedman

Writers:

Eugene Ling (screenplay), Martin Rackin (story and screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Undertow (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After being released from prison, an ex-convict is framed for a murder. The man sets out to find the real killers before the police blame the crime on him.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Scott Brady, John Russell, Dorothy Hart
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff
The Threat (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Vicious hood 'Red' Kluger escapes from Folsom Prison and carries through on his threats to the detective who arrested him and the D.A. who got him convicted.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Michael O'Shea, Virginia Grey, Charles McGraw
Arson, Inc. (1949)
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An arson investigator goes undercover to break up a ring that sets fires in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Robert Lowery, Anne Gwynne, Edward Brophy
The Accused (1949)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey
Nocturne (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Many interested parties are after the loot from a factory payroll heist but the mobster who hid it has amnesia after undergoing experimental brain surgery in the prison hospital.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Audrey Totter, Ted de Corsia
Scandal Sheet (1952)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford
Shockproof (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After having served 5 years in prison, for killing a man while defending her disreputable lover, Harry (John Baragrey), Jenny Marsh (Patricia Knight) is set for parole. Her parole officer, ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Patricia Knight, John Baragrey
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A gambling addict is the logical suspect in the death of a card-playing neighbor who caused his relapse - too logical, think the two detectives on the case.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Bill Elliott, Don Haggerty, Eleanore Tanin
Dear Murderer (1947)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Crabtree
Stars: Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Treasury Department officials recruit a florist (Raft) to lead them to a wanted criminal (Macready); but once he gets too close, he finds he's the hunted.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Stars: George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Joe Gargen
Dorothy Hart ... Ann Nelson
Paul Stewart ... Lou Donelli
John Hoyt ... Vince Phillips
Helen Westcott ... Martha Haines
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Paul Nelson
Russell Johnson ... Charlie Thompson
Margia Dean ... Ivy
Benny Baker ... Tubby
Lawrence Dobkin ... Walter Kerr (as Larry Dobkin)
Edit

Storyline

A vicious loan shark ring has been preying on factory workers. When several workers at a tire factory suffer violence at the hands of the loan sharkers, a union leader and the factory owner try to recruit ex-con Joe Gargan to infiltrate to the gang. At first Joe does not want to get involved, but changes his mind when his brother-in-law dies at the hands of a savage loan shark hood. Joe works his way into the mob, but in order to keep his cover, Joe can't tell anyone what he is up to. This results in him being disowned by his sister and girl friend. Written by Jim Riecken <youroldpaljim@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He knew every racket's strength . . . and every woman's weakness!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les requins font la loi See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film of Dorothy Hart (I). See more »

Goofs

Despite using a six-shot revolver, one of the characters in the final reel fires eleven shots without reloading. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dirty Money: Payday (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Peru
by Victor Young and Edward Heyman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Despite some odd casting, it works... and works very well.
8 July 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It sure was odd seeing a 57 year-old George Raft playing essentially the same role he'd been playing almost twenty years earlier--especially since the stuntman they used for him looked much younger and a lot more fit! Also, having a 27 year age difference between him and his girlfriend also strained the limits of credibility. However, if you can ignore the oddness of the casting, then it's a very good example of Film Noir that is sure to please lovers of this genre.

Raft plays a man who has just gotten out of prison for assault. He genuinely wants to go straight, but unfortunately the job prospect he has wants him to do some undercover work to determine who's in charge of a local loan shark business. He turns the job down, but when his brother-in-law is soon killed by these thugs, he changes his mind and works his way up through the racket to find "Mr. Big".

An exciting script, very good acting and pacing make this a fine fine example of Film Noir. If you liked this film, try to see Alan Ladd in APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER. The plot is very similar, though the Ladd film is a good bit grittier and tougher.

By the way, although this is a good film, Raft's prospects in Hollywood were pretty bleak at this point in his career. Raft made a habit of turning down amazing roles and by the 1950s he was starring in mostly B-pictures. According to IMDb, he'd "turned down High Sierra (1941), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942) and Double Indemnity (1944)"--yikes!


6 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed