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Mobster Movies: Escape by Night/Gang Bullets/Gangster's Boy/The Racketeer [DVD]

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    Overview

    Special Features


    • Digitally mastered
    • Interactive menus
    • Chapter selections
    • Digitally enhanced audio 5.1

    Synopsis


    Gang Bullets
    Gang Bullets was one of a myriad of late-1930s Monogram crime pictures, bearing such interchangable titles as I Am a Criminal, Convict's Code and Federal Bullets. Morgan Wallace plays a Capone-like racketeer named Anderson, who after being chased out of one town by the authorities immediately sets up shop in another. Unable to get any tangible evidence against Anderson, DA Wayne (Charles Trowbridge) orders his assistant Carter (Robert Kent) to dig up some dirt on the gangster boss. To do this, Carter pretends to turned crooked, joining Anderson's gang in order to accumulate evidence. Alas, Carter's girl friend Patricia (Anne Nagel) knows nothing of her boyfriend's subterfuge, and she suspects the worst. With such formidable henchmen as John Merton and Carleton Young at his beck and call, it's something of a surprise when Anderson comes a-cropper in the last reel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    The Racketeer
    This late-20s gangster movie features Carole Lombard as a young gal who agrees to marry a smooth-talking gangster in exchange for the mob man's pledge to arrange a big-time concert appearance for her violinist boyfriend. The only thing that can save the day for the mis-aligned lovers is a shootout between the cops and the gangland thugs. This film is notable because it is one of the early 'talkies," and uses the newly developing audio technology with abandon. In fact, most of the action takes place off screen and the characters tell the cameras just what's happened. This one's small on sets, big on dialog. ~ Phillip Erlewine, Rovi

    Escape by Night
    In this action-filled crime drama, a tough journalist relentlessly pursues a fleeing racketeer. When the gangster realizes that he is being pursued, he captures the reporter and then goes after his moll whom he suspects of ratting on him. The reporter escapes and rescues the girl. Meanwhile, the mobster is shot down in a police shoot-out. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    Gangster's Boy
    Too old to play the cute MGM urchin any longer, 16-year-old Jackie Cooper signed with Monogram for a group of above-average programmers. Gangster's Boy was the second of this series, all of which followed a predestined pattern of shame and redemption. Young Cooper is a high-school honor student who is revealed to be the son of an ex-gangster (Robert Warwick). Shunned by former friends, Cooper nonetheless stands by his dad, defending him to a hostile community. Father and son eventually prevail over provincial bigotry, though Cooper seems happier about the whole thing than the ever-sullen Warwick (an actor better suited to the role of a business executive or Shakespearean ham). Sentimental to the nth degree, Gangster's Boy was a success, prompting a third Cooper Monogram "special" with a similar plotline, Streets of New York (39). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Anne Nagel
      Anne Nagel - Patricia
    • Image coming soon
      Robert Kent - Carter
    • Charles Trowbridge
      Charles Trowbridge - Wayne
    • Morgan Wallace
      Morgan Wallace - Anderson
    • John Farrell MacDonald
      John Farrell MacDonald - Reardon



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