Gangs of New York (May 23, 1938)

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Gangs of New York
 

Released on May 23, 1938: A New York City gangster is about to get out of prison and take over his old gang, but the cops have a different idea.

Produced by Armand Schaefer

Directed by James Cruz

The Actors: Charles Bickford (Rocky Thorpe and John Franklyn), Ann Dvorak (Connie Benson), Alan Baxter (Dapper Jim Mallare), Wynne Gibson (Orchid), Harold Huber (Panatella), Willard Robertson (Police Inspector John Sullivan), Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom (Tombstone), Charles Trowbridge (District Attorney Lucas), John Wray (Maddock), Jonathan Hale (Warden), Fred Kohler (Krueger), Howard Phillips (Al Benson), Robert Gleckler (Nolan), Elliott Sullivan (prison guard Hopkins), Maurice Cass (Phillips), Eddie Acuff (unknown), George Magrill (henchman), Pat McKee (henchman)

 

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Two Gangsters for the Price of One

There is a commonly held belief that the gangster movies of the 1930’s all had characters with names like ‘Rocky,’ ‘Dapper,’ ‘Panatela,’ and ‘Tombstone’. . . . Oh, and a doll, or moll, or dame named ‘Orchid’. . . In fact very few of the classic gangster pics had henchmen with crazy names . . . . But this one does! Yup, all of those characters that I just suggested are in this crime thriller. . . . Along with blazing machine guns, deceit, deception, jail breaks, a sexy torch singer at the gang nightclub. . . . And a secret plan by the coppers to put their thumb on the gangsters. The opening scene is of gangsters blasting away at a rival gang with bodies falling on the gritty streets of New York City. The city is ruled by four mobs, run by Nolan, Krueger, Maddock and the biggest, toughest gangster of them all . . . Tough Rocky Thorpe, played by Charles Bickford. Unfortunately Rocky has been in prison for five years. . . . Fortunately Rocky is due to be released in a few days, so gun-fights and terror will reign on the streets of New York again, unless the cops can come up with a plan. The cops have discovered a fellow upstate who looks exactly like the gangster, and they arrange to have the exact double released from prison while the real Rocky is kept hidden in a secret cell in the warden’s office. The look-alike gangster will need to convince Tombstone, Panatela and Dapper that he is the real gangster. . . . Oh, and he needs to convince gangster girlfriend Orchid and his big dog King also. Our look-alike gangster is very convincing and has everyone fooled until the real Rocky breaks out of prison, running into the darkness of freedom with prison machine guns blazing away. Finally the real Rocky comes face-to-face with his look-alike double, and the real Rocky starts beating the stuffing out of the fake gangster. Then the coppers arrive and in the confusion one of the Rocky’s gets shot by Dapper while trying to escape the gunfight with the cops. . . . But which one will die, and which one will live? . . . Oh, and I’ve just gotta tell you, the gangster henchman ‘Tombstone’. . . . Is played by Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom. . . . It just doesn’t get much better than this. . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alan Baxter as Dapper Jim
Alan Baxter as Dapper Jim
Alan Baxter and Charles Bickford
Alan Baxter and Charles Bickford
Alan Baxter and Harold Huber
Alan Baxter and Harold Huber
Alan Baxter, Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom and Harold Huber in the police lineup
Alan Baxter, Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom and Harold Huber in the police lineup
Alan Baxter talks on the short-wave phone
Alan Baxter talks on the short-wave phone
Alan Baxter
Alan Baxter
Alan Baxter
Alan Baxter
Ann Dvorak
Ann Dvorak
Ann Dvorak and Wynne Gibson
Ann Dvorak and Wynne Gibson
Ann Dvorak and Charles Bickford
Ann Dvorak and Charles Bickford
Ann Dvorak
Ann Dvorak
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford and Ann Dvorak
Charles Bickford and Ann Dvorak
Charles Bickford and Wynne Gibson
Charles Bickford and Wynne Gibson
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Charles Trowbridge
Charles Trowbridge
Elliott Sullivan
Elliott Sullivan
Harold Huber
Harold Huber
Harold Huber and Ann Dvorak
Harold Huber and Ann Dvorak
Harold Huber
Harold Huber
Howard Phillips
Howard Phillips
Howard Phillips and Charles Bickford
Howard Phillips and Charles Bickford
Howard Phillips
Howard Phillips
John Wray and Charles Bickford
John Wray and Charles Bickford
John Wray
John Wray
Jonathan Hale and Charles Bickford
Jonathan Hale and Charles Bickford
Maurice Cass and Charles Trowbridge
Maurice Cass and Charles Trowbridge
Maurice Cass
Maurice Cass
Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom
Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom
Robert Gleckler and Charles Bickford
Robert Gleckler and Charles Bickford
Robert Gleckler and Charles Bickford
Robert Gleckler and Charles Bickford
Robert Gleckler
Robert Gleckler
Willard Robertson
Willard Robertson
Willard Robertson and Charles Trowbridge
Willard Robertson and Charles Trowbridge
Willard Robertson
Willard Robertson
Wynne Gibson and Alan Baxter
Wynne Gibson and Alan Baxter
Wynne Gibson and Charles Bickford
Wynne Gibson and Charles Bickford
Wynne Gibson and Charles Bickford
Wynne Gibson and Charles Bickford
Wynne Gibson
Wynne Gibson