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Baby Face Morgan (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 15 September 1942 (USA)
When gang chief Big Mike Morgan is killed, his lieutenant, "Doc" Rogers re-organizes the mob. Learning that Morgan has a son named Edward , living in the country with his mother, Rogers has... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Dreifuss

Writers:

Edward Dein (screenplay), Jack Rubin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Richard Cromwell ... Edward 'Baby Face' Morgan
Mary Carlisle ... Virginia Clark
Robert Armstrong ... 'Doc' Rogers
Chick Chandler ... Oliver Harrison
Warren Hymer ... Wise Willie
Charles Judels ... 'Deacon' Davis
Vince Barnett ... Lefty Lewis
Ralf Harolde ... Joe Torelli
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... J.B. Brown
Toddy Peterson Toddy Peterson ... Mabel
Kenneth Chryst Kenneth Chryst ... 'Mouse' (as Kenny Chryst)
Pierce Lyden ... Gap
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When gang chief Big Mike Morgan is killed, his lieutenant, "Doc" Rogers re-organizes the mob. Learning that Morgan has a son named Edward , living in the country with his mother, Rogers has him brought to the city, and installs him as the head of Acme Protective Agency, which is a blind for gang's shakedown activities with local merchants. Edward thinks his father left him a legitimate business, and that he is running an actual insurance company. Rogers tells the gang members that "Baby Face" Morgan is now in charge, is a cold-blooded killer and does not even want the gang members to know him. Joe Torelli, who thinks he should be the leader of the gang, is suspicious and grows more so after the protection collection money starts to roll in, and nobody sees the money after it is turned over to Rogers, who tells them that "Baby Face" is handling the dough. Complications arise when Edward/"Baby Face" meets Virginia Clark , head of a transportation company, who has had a truck wrecked ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

It's a Shocker! Thriller! and a Laugh! (original poster)

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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An exceptional B-film...
25 February 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

My score of 7 is very good, but relative to other B-films I'd give this one a 9--it's that good despite the tiny budget. For a lesser production made by a so-called "Poverty Row" studio (PRC--one of the cheaper and crappier studios), it's amazingly good. Normally, you'd expect ordinary or lousy writing--not a clever film like this one.

The film begins with a meeting of various mobsters. Robert Armstrong (of "King Kong" fame) is leading the discussion and he's lamenting the death of their leader years before and how he wishes the mobs would all work together like the "good old days" under Morgan's leadership. Armstrong suggests that perhaps Morgan's son MIGHT be the guy to take this leadership role. The problem that the men in the meeting are not aware of is that Morgan's son (Richard Cromwell) has no idea who his father was and is a very nice and somewhat wimpy young man. However, throughout the film, there are many opportunities where various mobsters see the guy and assume he's talking about killings and extortion--when the guy is really talking about mundane things that aren't the least bit violent. What makes it even funnier is that after he's brought to the big city to run the mob, he thinks this is a legitmiate insurance company--and he begins selling policies right and left. He's so successful, though, not because of his salesmanship but because everyone else thinks he's selling "protection". Eventually, however, "Baby Face" learns the truth--and how can he possibly extricate himself from this terrible situation?! This film made me laugh many times. The acting, writing and entire production are very crisp and clever--making it a hidden gem that is a standout among the Bs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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