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The Last Gangster (1937)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 12 November 1937 (USA)
A gangster is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant. He becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries.

Director:

Edward Ludwig

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John Lee Mahin (screen play), William A. Wellman (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Joe Krozac
James Stewart ... Paul North
Rose Stradner ... Talya Krozac
Lionel Stander ... 'Curly'
Douglas Scott ... Junior Krozac
John Carradine ... Casper
Sidney Blackmer ... Newspaper Editor
Grant Mitchell ... Prison Warden
Edward Brophy ... 'Fats' Garvey (as Edward S. Brophy)
Alan Baxter ... Frankie 'Acey' Kyle
Frank Conroy ... Sid Gorman
Louise Beavers ... Gloria
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Storyline

Gangster Joe Krozac is in prison for ten years. Reporter Paul North is fired by his newspaper for writing articles sympathetic to Krozac's wife and young son. She divorces Krozac and marries North. When Korzac gets out he goes looking for his former wife and son. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Romance of a Gangster's Life told in GRIPPING DRAMA! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Another Public Enemy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many actors listed in studio records as appearing in this film are not seen in the final print. These are, with their character names: Ernie Alexander, Nick Copeland and Frank Marlowe (Reporters), William Arnold, Arthur Howard, Mitchell Ingraham, Broderick O'Farrell and Cyril Ring (Fathers), Cy Kendall and Pierre Watkin (Editors), Eddie Marr (Frankie File), Walter Miller, (Mike Kile) and Paul Sutton (George Kile). See more »

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Joe Krozac is sent to Alcatraz in 1927, but Alcatraz didn't become a federal penitentiary until 1933. See more »

Quotes

Curly: How much English does this doll understand?
Joe Krozac: Just enough.
Curly: Pretty soon I'll have to spell out things to you.
Joe Krozac: Yeah, if you could spell.
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Credits appear as news headlines. See more »

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Referenced in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

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A weird hybrid
7 November 2017 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Made at MGM but starring a Warner Brothers icon, and this strange gangster pic has ample ingredients reeking of both studios. Edward G. Robinson, clanking on all cylinders, is a Capone-like capo who gets rich during Prohibition, is sent up the river for a decade, and becomes obsessed with the little boy his wife (Rose Stradner, unknown to me and quite interesting) bore. She's an immigrant and utterly, somewhat implausibly unaware of her husband's dirty business, but she gets educated by a newspaperman (James Stewart, not very compelling here, except for an uncharacteristic Cesar Romero mustache) who falls in love with and eventually marries her. The Warners influence is evident not just in Robinson's snarling and grimacing but in the stepped-up violence, quicker-than-usual editing, and hilariously overblown musical score, by Edward Ward. But the ideal home life of Stewart, Stradner, and their adorable little boy, complete with suburban trimmings and Louise Beavers doing maid things, are utterly MGM. There's some excitement, and a good supporting cast, notably Lionel Stander as Robinson's henchman, but it's all kind of predictable. And when you want it to settle down, another Edward Ward blast assaults the senses. But what's really interesting, and still timely, is how Robinson's character, Joe Krozac, is self-centered, not as smart as he thinks he is, used to getting his own way, outraged when he doesn't... he's Donald Trump!


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