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King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 11 June 1961 (USA)
The story of flamboyant Prohibition-era gangster, gambler and bootlegger Arnold Rothstein.


Joseph M. Newman


Jo Swerling (screenplay), Leo Katcher (book)




Complete credited cast:
David Janssen ... Arnold Rothstein
Dianne Foster ... Carolyn Green Rothstein
Jack Carson ... Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien
Diana Dors ... Madge
Dan O'Herlihy ... Detective Phil Butler
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Jim Kelly
Keenan Wynn ... Tom Fowler
William Demarest ... Henry Hecht
Regis Toomey ... Bill Baird
Robert Ellenstein ... Lenny
Tim Rooney ... Johnny Burke as Young Boy (as Timothy Rooney)
Murvyn Vye ... Williams
Jimmy Baird Jimmy Baird ... Arnold Rothstein as Young Boy (as Jim Baird)
Joseph Schildkraut ... Abraham Rothstein
Mickey Rooney ... Johnny Burke


Moving from one scam to another Arnold Rothstein quickly becomes rich, and settles into the life of owning big-town gambling joints. Along the way he falls in loves and marries, makes a life-long enemy of a cop on the take, and gradually becomes hardened even to his closest friends. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Gene Kelly expressed interest in directing and starring in this picture. See more »


The clock on the mantelpiece in Rothstein's home changes from running (pendulum swinging) to not running several times. See more »


[first lines]
receptionist: [answers the telephone] International Tobacco. Yes. Just a moment, please.
Arnold Rothstein: [Rothstein hands a card to the receptionist] I'd like to see Mr. Simmons, please.
receptionist: Oh yes, you're expected. Go right in.
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References Another Man's Shoes (1922) See more »

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Not exactly Rothstein's life story.
24 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Before watching "King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein", I decided to read up on the man. After all, I'd heard very little about him and had just seen a small amount about him in the Ray Danton film "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond"...so I wanted to know more about his exploits. Well, I am glad I did because as I watched the movie I realized that the script often had little to do with the real Rothstein and even portrayed his murder incorrectly....so I knew to take the film with a grain of salt.

So, if you realize it's mostly fiction, is the film worth seeing? Not especially, as for a gangster film it really didn't have much action nor violence....so you are bound to be disappointed. Also, while I like David Janssen, here he just seemed as if he was tranquilized. My feeling is that if you are going to fictionalize a guy's life, couldn't you ficitonalize a bit of excitement into the script and acting as well??

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