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Director  Gordon Wiles
Music director  Louis Gruenberg
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Screenplay  Daniel Fuchs
Country  United States
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Release date  November 25, 1947 (1947-11-25) (United States)
Based on  Low Company
Writer  Daniel Fuchs (story), Daniel Fuchs (screenplay)
Cast  Barry Sullivan (Shubunka), Belita (Nancy Starr), Joan Lorring (Dorothy), Akim Tamiroff (Nick Jammey), Harry Morgan (Shorty), John Ireland (Karty)
Similar movies  Mysterious Intruder, Detour, The Night of the Hunter, The Big Sleep, The Sniper, Vertigo

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The Gangster (aka Low Company) is a 1947 American crime film noir directed by Gordon Wiles. The drama features Barry Sullivan, Belita, Joan Lorring and Akim Tamiroff. The screenplay was written by Daniel Fuchs, based on his novel Low Company (1937).


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Shubunka is a racketeer, at odds with Cornell, a rival. Shubunka has a girlfriend, Nancy Starr, a showgirl, and offers protection to a New York beachfront cafe owned by Nick Jammey.

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A regular customer, Karty, has gambling debts and has stolen money from his brothers-in-law's garage. He begs Shubunka for help but is refused. Dorothy, the cafe's cashier, quits her job, disillusioned by Shubunka's involvement in the rackets and concern for no one but himself.

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Cornell wants to take over Shubunka's rackets. Jammey gives him inside information on Shubunka's organization. After a couple of Cornell's men beat him up on a picnic, Shubunka angrily accuses Nancy of having him set up. Karty has disappeared, meantime, but when his frantic wife appeals to Shubunka for help, he again infuriates Dorothy by saying no.

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Karty gets into a fight with Jammey at the cafe and accidentally kills him with a skillet. Cornell mistakenly believes Shubunka to be responsible and goes after him. This time Nancy does betray Shubunka, having been bribed with a Broadway stage offer by Cornell.

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Shubunka runs to Dorothy for help, but she declines, calling it just deserts for his unwillingness to help anyone else. With nowhere to hide, Shubunka is killed by Cornell in the street, just before the police arrive to place Cornell under arrest.


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  • Barry Sullivan as Shubunka
  • Belita as Nancy Starr
  • Joan Lorring as Dorothy
  • Akim Tamiroff as Nick Jammey
  • Harry Morgan as Shorty
  • John Ireland as Karty
  • Sheldon Leonard as Cornell
  • Fifi D'Orsay as Mrs. Ostroleng
  • Virginia Christine as Mrs. Karty
  • Elisha Cook Jr. as Oval
  • Ted Hecht as Swain
  • Leif Erickson as Beaumont
  • Charles McGraw as Dougas
  • John Kellogg as Sterling
  • Shelley Winters as Hazel
  • Critical response

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    Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, writing, "A Poverty Row crime melodrama that has its moments of traditional crime, but moves along not in the traditional way of tracing the rise and fall of its protagonist. Instead the film noir is more concerned with establishing a forlorn mood and being artistically stylish, as director Gordon Wiles (won an Oscar as art director for the 1931 Transatlantic) creates a theatrical piece that is unnecessarily stagelike and much too pretentious for the modest storyline. It is adapted by screenwriter Daniel Fuchs from his book Low Company, and much of its too arty nature is attributed by rumor to the uncredited role Dalton Trumbo played in the screenplay."

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    TV Guide gave the film a positive review, writing, "The Gangster is an offbeat entry in the film noir genre, one that places the accent on the psychological. Though at times muddled, the script strives to maintain a deeper approach than such films as The Public Enemy or Al Capone. In its day this film was considered something of an artistic triumph..."

    Noir analysis

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    Film historian Blake Lucas, discussed the film noir aspects of the film, writing, ...The Gangster is arty and affected, as director Gordon Wiles has gravitated toward the creation of a theatrical rather than a visual impression. A film - and the most visually exciting of film noir bear this out - can show discernment and restraint when there are pretentious aspects implicit in the material."


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