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King of the Roaring Twenties (1961)

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Based on the Leo Katcher book entitled "The Big Bankroll," this is the story of Arnold Rothstein, a ruthless gangster who literally owned New York during the 1920s. This version of his life deals with his rise to power and his disintegrating personal life. A genius with a lightning-quick mind and vast ambition, Rothstein was a fascinating man who took his love for gambling and parlayed it into an incredible empire. Rather shallow look at this complex man, but still entertaining.

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Cast

David Janssen
as Arnold Rothstein
Mickey Rooney
as Johnny Burke
Dianne Foster
as Carolyn Green Rothstein
Jack Carson
as Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien
Dan O'Herlihy
as Phil Butler
Keenan Wynn
as Tom Fowler
Joseph Schildkraut
as Abraham Rothstein
Murvyn Vye
as Williams
Regis Toomey
as Bill Baird
Jimmy Baird
as Arnold as a Boy
Tim Rooney
as Johnny Burke as a Boy
Howard Wendell
as Mr. Simmons
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Low key gangster saga about a crook who's more a brainy con-man than tough guy.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Classic Film and Television

David Janssen is miscast in this fictionalized, B-level bio of the Jewish gangster, but the supporting cast is god.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Plodding biopic.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
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