6.4/10
206
6 user 4 critic

Gang War (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | July 1958 (USA)
A Los Angeles high-school teacher's problems begin when he happens to witness a gangland killing and agrees to identify the murderers. Not realizing this will cause the underworld to retaliate "big time".

Director:

Gene Fowler Jr.

Writers:

Louis Vittes (screenplay), Ovid Demaris (novel)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris, Joan Weldon
X-15 (1961)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During the Cold War in the 1960s the U.S.A.F.and NASA tested the experimental rocket-powered aircraft X-15 that set altitude and speed records and reached the edge of outer space.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: David McLean, Charles Bronson, Ralph Taeger
Villa Rides (1968)
War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mexican rebel Pancho Villa lead a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisonned in Mexico.

Director: Buzz Kulik
Stars: Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Maria Grazia Buccella
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The criminal exploits of Public Enemy number 1, George 'Machine-Gun' Kelly, during the 1930s.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Charles Bronson, Susan Cabot, Morey Amsterdam
Drum Beat (1954)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1872, Indian fighter Johnny MacKay is appointed peace commissioner for the California and Oregon territory but he faces tough opposition from the renegade Modocs led by their chief Captain Jack.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Alan Ladd, Audrey Dalton, Marisa Pavan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 1945, a GI falls in-love with a German woman while elite German troops, in U.S.uniforms, carry out sabotage and assassinations behind American lines.

Director: Kenneth G. Crane
Stars: Charles Bronson, Richard Jaeckel, Violet Rensing
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A deputy marshal kills a murderer in a town that loved him, and when no one is willing to identify him, he can't collect any reward.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
Stars: Charles Bronson, Robert Hutton, John Carradine
Target Zero (1955)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set during the Korean War, a unit of American soldiers, together with three British Tank Crew, find themselves trapped behind enemy lines.

Director: Harmon Jones
Stars: Richard Conte, Peggie Castle, Charles Bronson
Violent City (1970)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.

Director: Sergio Sollima
Stars: Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jill Ireland
Never So Few (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During WW2, the American OSS mounts covert operations with the native Kachin against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford
Jubal (1956)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the South loses the war, Confederate veteran O'Meara goes West, joins the Sioux, takes a wife and refuses to be an American but he must choose a side when the Sioux go to war against the U.S. Army.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Rod Steiger, Sara Montiel, Brian Keith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Alan Avery
Kent Taylor ... Bryce Barker, Meadows' Attonery
Jennifer Holden Jennifer Holden ... Marie, Maxie Meadows' Woman
John Doucette ... Maxie Meadows
Gloria Henry ... Edie Avery
Gloria Grey Gloria Grey ... Marsha
Barney Phillips Barney Phillips ... Police Lt. Sam Johnson
Ralph Manza ... Bernard 'Axe' Duncan, Reno Hood
George Eldredge ... Police Sergeant Ernie Tucker
Billy Snyder Billy Snyder ... Mr. Tomkins, Syndicate Man
Lyn Guild ... Diane Barker
Dan Simmons Dan Simmons ... Police Officer Bob Cross
Jack Reynolds Jack Reynolds ... Joe Reno, Meadows' 2nd in Command
Jack Littlefield Jack Littlefield ... Johnny, Syndicate Hood
Larry Gelbman Larry Gelbman ... Chester
Edit

Storyline

A Los Angeles high-school teacher's problems begin when he happens to witness a gangland killing and agrees to identify the murderers. Not realizing this will cause the underworld to retaliate "big time".

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Raubtier 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Regal Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was one of four movies in 1958 that featured Charles Bronson in a starring role. He would not have another lead role until 1970. See more »

Quotes

Alan Avery: Now say that someone did see a murder being committed.
Police Sergeant Ernie Tucker: Say it was you.
Alan Avery: But why me?
Police Sergeant Ernie Tucker: We found your pills in that phone booth.
Alan Avery: You've seen my wife. She doesn't belong on the firing line anywhere. And me? Well teachers just don't make great convincing heroes.
Police Sergeant Ernie Tucker: They make good witnesses.
See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What a bizarre little film!
4 July 2000 | by superstar49See all my reviews

That's what I thought as did my guest, when we both watched this film recently on cable.

There's a lot of originality going on from the minute the film begins, with Hollywood, California as the back drop, including the old Capitol Records building in the background. There were some interesting camera angles, as well as one unintentional humorous fight scene between some gangsters.

As for the plot, well, it's "Death Wish" 1958 almost, with a young and raw Charles Bronson as a high school teacher. Gloria Henry, the mother from the Jay North sitcom "Dennis the Menace" plays his pregnant wife.

Next time you come across it on cable, give the film a chance. You might end up watching it (and enjoying it), all the way through.


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed