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Gangster Story (January 1960)

Walter Matthau and Carol Grace
 

Released January, 1960: (running time 68 minutes) An escaped bank robber and a timid librarian are chased by the F.B.I., local police, and the local gangster that wants Jack to join his gang.

Directed by Walter Matthau

The Actors: Walter Matthau (Jack Martin), Carol Grace (Carol Logan, librarian), Bruce MacFarlane (Earl J. Dawson), Garry Walberg (Adolph), Raikin Ben-Ari (Plumber, a hood), David Leonard (bank president), John Albright (henchman), Clegg Hoyt (caretaker at the Country Club), Leonard Bremen (F.B.I. Agent Jordan), Vic Tayback (Norm, card playing Meadow Lark country club guard)

 

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The Timid Librarian and the Escaped Bank Robber

On the Lower East Side of New York City, a sixteen-year-old daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants was pregnant. When her baby daughter Carol was born, she was placed in foster care.

Four years later, Walter Jack Matthow, who acted using the name Walter Matthau, was born in that same Lower East Side neighborhood. His father was a Ukrainian Jewish peddler and his mother was Lithuanian Jewish immigrant working in a garment sweatshop.

When Carol was eight years old, her twenty-four-year-old mother married a wealthy businessman, and Carol was taken from foster care, growing up with her mother and her step-father in that Lower East Side neighborhood.

Many years later, in 1958, actor Walter Matthau would divorce his wife and within a year marry Carol, the girl from the Lower East Side neighborhood that Walter grew up in. Walter Matthau was getting regular work in tv shows and an occasional movie, but always small bit parts. It would be much later that he would become famous.

When he got the opportunity to direct and star in this low-budget independent production, he arranged for his new wife Carol to be his co-star. He is Jack Martin, a confessed bank robber, and she is a timid librarian that meets Jack and decides to lure him to her home. By the way, Jack, Walter Matthau’s middle name, is what he liked to be called by his friends.

Now Carol has Jack the bank robber all to herself, but he is being chased by the F.B.I., the local police, and a local gangster who wants Jack to become part of his gangster group. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bruce MacFarlane
Bruce MacFarlane
Bruce MacFarlane
Bruce MacFarlane
Bruce MacFarlane
Bruce MacFarlane
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Carol Grace
Clegg Hoyt
Clegg Hoyt
Clegg Hoyt, Vic Tayback
Clegg Hoyt, Vic Tayback
Clegg Hoyt
Clegg Hoyt
Clegg Hoyt
Clegg Hoyt
David Leonard
David Leonard
Garry Walberg
Garry Walberg
Garry Walberg
Garry Walberg
Raikin Ben-Ari
Raikin Ben-Ari
Carol Grace, Walter Matthau
Carol Grace, Walter Matthau
Raikin Ben-Ari
Raikin Ben-Ari
Vic Tayback
Vic Tayback
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau