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The Garment Jungle (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 April 1957 (USA)
The struggle of a lady's garment workers' organization to unionize a New York clothing sweat shop; the owner of which is determined to keep the union out of his business at any cost.

Directors:

Vincent Sherman, Robert Aldrich (uncredited)

Writers:

Lester Velie (articles), Harry Kleiner (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lee J. Cobb ... Walter Mitchell
Kerwin Mathews ... Alan Mitchell
Gia Scala ... Theresa Renata
Richard Boone ... Artie Ravidge
Valerie French ... Lee Hackett
Robert Loggia ... Tulio Renata
Joseph Wiseman ... George Kovan
Harold J. Stone ... Tony
Adam Williams ... Ox
Wesley Addy ... Mr. Paul
Willis Bouchey ... Dave Bronson
Robert Ellenstein ... Fred Kenner
Celia Lovsky ... Tulio's Mother
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Storyline

During the 1950s, the New York garment industry is going through a turmoil. On one side, the industry workers want to organize themselves into labor unions that will fight for them in obtaining better wages, better working conditions and other benefits. On the other side, the factory owners and their managers staunchly oppose unionization. At one of the largest garment companies, Roxton Fashions, the owner, Walter Mitchell, is fighting against his workers' wishes to unionize. For the past 15 years, Walter Mitchell has been using the mob muscle in order to protect his company against unions. His gangster friend Artie Ravidge, and his henchmen, provide Walter Mitchell and Roxton Fashions with such protection against union men who agitate the workers into forming their own union locals. This protection includes murder, whenever necessary, to eliminate stubborn union men. Unfortunately, when Walter Mitchell's business partner, Fred Kenner, argues in favor of allowing a union into their ... Written by nufs68

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The whole naked truth about the rackets in New York's garment center!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garment Center See more »

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Budget:

$1,050,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Aldrich was fired as director and replaced by Vincent Sherman with two weeks left before completion. Sherman received sole screen credit. Sherman had been gray-listed and this was his first screen credit in five years. See more »

Goofs

The baby that Robert Loggia is holding in the office and hallway of the Dress Union building is different when he enters another room. The first baby is younger with short blondish hair. The other baby is much bigger with longer, blackish hair. See more »

Quotes

Artie Ravidge: A real troublemaker, that one. But don't you worry; this stuff'll move, it'll move. When I get done with him, he won't bother us no more.
Alan Mitchell: What are you going to do?
Artie Ravidge: Never mind. I'm going to educate that Union real good to lay off us.
Alan Mitchell: Dad, are you going to let him...?
Walter Mitchell: What do you want me to do? Give in to them? Let the Union take over? That's what'll happen once they grab hold. With their hours, and benefits, and guarantees... three percent of the payroll for retirement, two percent for health, ...
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"Stay out of it...or it's your baby's legs next"
14 July 2012 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

The struggle for the worker to get a decent living wage with a few benefits has been removed from the consciousness of the proletariat since Ronald Reagan broke the ATC union in the eighties. Since then the populace has been persuaded into believing that the worker is best left to the trickle down generosity of the employer.

This film is a throwback to that struggle and has a message packed with a powerhouse persona of greed, violence, and suppression. It utilizes realistic on location street photography to give a hard boiled and bitter verisimilitude. There are other flashes of "realism" not usually found in typical Hollywood films.

Some very slick indoor photography and gripping performances throughout deliver this expose in a package marked "stay out of it, or its your baby's legs next". Tough stuff for the conservative, establishment, 1950's.


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