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The George Raft Story (1961)





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This is an interesting biography of the actor known for his gangster roles in films, and though Ray Danton plays the part of George Raft without looking like him in the least, he is still convincing in his mannerisms. Without getting into any in-depth plumbing of the actor's life, the story begins with the young Raft making his way in New York as a dancer and rubbing shoulders with underworld figures. Then he goes to Hollywood where he eventually finds fame in the film Scarface and gets typecast as a gangster. Tiring of this persona but unable to do very much about it, Raft's career starts to decline for quite a awhile before his success in Some Like It Hot. Along the way, his relationships with five different women are pictured in the briefest fashion. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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Ray Danton
as George Raft
Jayne Mansfield
as Lisa Lang
Neville Brand
as Al Capone
Julie London
as Sheila Patton
Frank Gorshin
as Moxie Cusack
Barbara Nichols
as Texas Guinan
Brad Dexter
as Benny Siegel
Robert Strauss
as Frenchie
Margo Moore
as Ruth Harris
Joe De Santis
as Frankie Donatella
John Bleifer
as Mr. Raft
Pepper Davis
as MC Team
Tony Reese
as MC Team
Jack Lambert
as Jerry Fitzpatrick
Cecile Rogers
as Charleston Dancer
Tol Avery
as Mizner
Murvyn Vye
as Johnny
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Critic Reviews for The George Raft Story

All Critics (2)

Unconvincing and dull fictitious biopic on George Raft.

Full Review… | July 1, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Delightful biopic is full of zippy dance numbers, with lively look at life of actor-dancer.

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

Audience Reviews for The George Raft Story

This is an odd biopic. It was made well before George Raft passed away, and he attacked the film when it was released as being pure fiction. That being ssaid, it does give us a nice performance by Ray Danton and does touch on the not so nice side of raft. But, the film is odd and feels thrown together...and for what reason? It fails to answer the question as to why Raft needed a biopic done on him in the first place.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

This is a fairly entertaining biopic. Jayne Mansfield steals the show in her role as a glamorous starlet based on Betty Grable. My only complaint is that she deserved more screen time!

Sarah Marie
Sarah Marie

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