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The Last Gangster (1937)





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Edward G. Robinson offers an excellent turn as a crime lord obsessed with the welfare of his son in this melodramatic crime story. The lad is born while the notorious Robinson serves 10 years. Unfortunately, the press hound the babies mother and constantly derider her until a kinder reporter takes pity and begins writing stories to support her. This angers his editor who fires him. One day Robinson's wife goes to visit him and he behaves like a brute. She is so shocked that she ends her marriage and hooks up with the reporter. Together, they move far away to start successful new lives. A decade later, Robinson gets out and begins searching for his boy. Unfortunately, he also gets talked into his gangster activities by an old cohort. The gang, however turns on him and forces him to reveal the location of a large cache of loot that he hid before entering the slammer. Tough old Robinson won't tell them, so they kidnap his son. Fortunately, Robinson and the lad escape. The gangster tries to get to know his boy, but the child wants nothing to do with him. Angered, Robinson swears vengeance upon his ex and her new spouse.


James Stewart
as Paul North, Sr.
Rose Stradner
as Talya Krozac
Rosa Stradner
as Talya Krozac
Douglas Scott
as Paul North Jr.
Sidney Blackmer
as San Francisco Editor
Alan Baxter
as `Acey' Kile
Edward S. Brophy
as Fats Garvey
Eddie Marr
as Frankie Kile
Frank Conroy
as Sid Gorman
Don 'Red' Barry
as Billy Ernst
Ben Welden
as Bottles Bailey
Edward Pawley
as Brockett
Cy Kendall
as Editor
Fredrik Vogeding
as Ambassador
Walter Miller
as Mike Kile
Wade Boteler
as Turnkey
William Benedict
as Office Boy
Larry Simms
as Jo Krozac
Lee Phelps
as Train Guard
Shirley Chambers
as Girl in Dive
Frederick Burton
as Boston Editor
Phillip Terry
as 1st Reporter
Ernest Wood
as Reporter
Charles Coleman
as Krozac's Butler
Jack Pennick
as Convict in Dinner Hall Fight
Priscilla Lawson
as Girl in Dive
Eddie Foster
as Convict
Al Hill
as Convict
Huey White
as Convict
Sam Finn
as Convict
Jack Raynold
as Convict
Martin Turner
as Train Cook
Eddie Parker
as Federal Man
Lee Powell
as Federal Man
Cyril Ring
as Father
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Solid drama with EGR memorable in the lead. The tragic Rose Stradner comes across well in one of her few films. The only misstep the film makes is the ridiculous moustache that Jimmy Stewart is forced to wear.

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