Loan Shark (1952)





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Loan Shark was one of several independently-produced films made by George Raft in the early 1950s. Raft plays Joe Gargan, a good guy who pretends to turn bad to trap a gang of usurious loan sharks. In order to convince the crooks that he's on their side, Gargan is forced to call it quits with his sweetheart Ann Nelson (Dorothy Hart). Once he's accepted by the villains, Gargan dreams up an elaborate new method of siphoning money from an unsuspecting public. Inevitably, however, the villains get wise to Gargan's subterfuge, and for a while it looks like curtains for our hero. One of the most appealing aspects of Loan Shark is the no-frills cinematography of Joseph Biroc, who went on to such loftier pursuits as The Towering Inferno.
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George Raft
as Joe Gargen
Dorothy Hart
as Ann Nelson
Paul Stewart
as Donelli
Helen Westcott
as Martha Haines
John Hoyt
as Phillips
Henry Slate
as Paul Nelson
William Phipps
as Ed Haines
Russell Johnson
as Thompson
Benny Baker
as Tubby
Ben Baker
as Tubby
Lawrence Dobkin
as Walter Karr
Harlan Warde
as Lt. White
Robert Bice
as Steve Casmer
Holly Bane
as Maxie
Jack Daley
as Borrower
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Critic Reviews for Loan Shark

All Critics (1)

A lifeless thriller about an ex-convict trying to smash a brutal loan shark racket.

Full Review… | August 29, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Loan Shark

Raft gave me the impression of not belonging in this movie for some reason, his character was an outside, but it wasn't that. This film has a highly predictable story, unfortunately. But it wasn't too bad, just okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Jeez, yet another "infiltrating the organization" noir. This one has a slightly unusual twist to it, as it doesn't involve any kind of law enforcement agency at all. The hero is hired by a tire factory whose employees are getting fleeced. It's a weird setup and rather implausible. It's got a few nice touches: some fleeting instances of interesting cinematography, crisp dialogue, and the tough guy performance by George Raft. But overall it's very by-the-numbers and doesn't bring anything new or very exciting to the table. Decent for some quick but forgettable entertainment, though.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

This was a real enjoyable Black & White Gangster Film with lots of style. With George Raft playing the lead role. I rented it because I am checking out all available movies with Ross Elliott in them, Ross played a very small part in this film which went unaccredited. This Movie only lasted about 78 Minutes, and is part of a Double Feature, my copy was the Forgotten Noir Volume 2, it doubles with Arson Inc, if all the movies in the Forgotten Noir Collection are as good as this one I will start a new collection. This movie is full of thrills, guys fighting in suits and keeping there hats on there heads, lines like I?ll stick closer to him then his underwear. Raft grabing a girl and laying a hardy lip lock on her that by todays standards in America could get you a trip to see the judge. I enjoy the fact that Raft starts out working in a tire factory and its hows tires being made, couldn?t do that in 2009 unless of course you went to China. Has a great twist at the end. 4 to 5 Stars all the way. Throw me another B&W Please.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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