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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".

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

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2.35 : 1
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Final film of Gloria Henry. See more »

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Police Desk Sergeant: [Voice coming out loudly over the speakers and suspects line-up for questioning] Okay now. Turn and face front! I said face front! Get your hands down you not looking for anybody! You here to be looked at! Now, first man in line. That's right, you! What's your name, address and occupation...
Police Lt. Sam Johnson: [as the officer over the loud speaker continues giving instructions to the suspects] Alright Mr.Avery. Take plenty of time. Look at these men over carefully.
Alan Avery: I don't need anymore time. I'll not be able to ...
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You'll Never Know
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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What a bizarre little film!
4 July 2000 | by See 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.


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