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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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Taglines:

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


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garment Center See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,050,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

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

About half way through, when the truck drives forward into the ally past the union 'picketers' towards the elevator. After they kill Tulio the truck is inexplicably turned-around (without room in the ally to turn around) and drives forward out of the ally the same way it came in. 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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Decent Little Noir
13 July 2012 | by mbrindellSee all my reviews

Director Sherman effectively dovetails the lives of the Haves and the Have Nots in New York's famed garment district. For its time (1957), this was a film that attracted an adult audience and delicately handled a very adult subject matter (think "On the Waterfront," but not quite as sophisticated).

Loggia, Scala and Boone deliver memorable performances. Matthews is generally flat, and even Cobb seems uninvolved with the proceedings.

The breast feeding scene and the expletive statement "Go to Hell!" voiced by Matthews during a bitter fist fight with Boone demonstrate that the Code was cracking; both scenes are well done and not exploitive.

The violence is often brutal and anything but subtle.

The all-too-few location scenes are nicely juxtaposed with the studio shots.

The film's down side is that the factory floor and union meeting sets are much too small and do not include enough people to give the moments a sense of realism.

Keep in mind that this film would have been taboo in Hollywood five years earlier with HUAC and the very real threat of blacklisting.

See it for Scala, Loggia and Boone.


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