Loan Shark is a 1952 film noir directed by Seymour Friedman and starring George Raft , Dorothy Hart and Paul Stewart . [2]

Plot

An ex-con avenges his brother-in-law’s death by infiltrating vicious loan rackets.

Cast

  • George Raft as Joe Gargen
  • Dorothy Hart as Ann Nelson
  • Paul Stewart as Lou Donelli
  • John Hoyt as Vince Phillips
  • Helen Westcott as Martha Gargen Haines
  • Henry Slate as Paul Nelson
  • Russell Johnson as Charlie Thompson
  • Margia Dean as Ivy
  • Benny Baker as Tubby
  • Lawrence Dobkin as Walter Kerr

Background

The film was based on an original script by Martin Rackin. [3] He originally wrote it for producer Louis Edelman at Warner Bros. in 1949. [4]

It was the first production from a new arrangement between Robert Lippert and Famous Artists Corporation whereby customers of Famous Artists would make a film, and Lippert would distribute it. Lipper said he was willing to give away up to 75% of the profits to make the films more attractive to talent, in view of the dwindling B market. The writer, producer and director all had a piece of the film. [5] [6]

Gail Russell was the first person to write a book. Raft was paid $ 25,000 plus 25% of the profits. [1]

Filming started January 15, 1952.

Reception

Critical response

The Los Angeles Times said the film “will probably fill the bill for those who like this vigorous straight away from action film. [7]

The New York Times called it “standard fare” which is not particularly hard to take. “Loft Shark,” while at the same time, could not be a lot worse. “For once, Mr. Raft’s tight-lipped suavity seems perfectly in order …” [8]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz panned the movie, writing, “A lifeless thriller about an ex-convict trying to smash a brutal loan-shark racket.” Sappy dialogue, an awful plot, and unimaginative directing by Seymour Friedman, make this hardly believable crime story fizzle The Thriller is a film directed by John Raft, a film about the Hollywood star, which is a series of short stories about his life. In the final shootout scene in a shadowy theater.It had nothing to say about crime or the workforce.The script leaves the impression that all the parties concerned to the same time [ 9]

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:b Everett Aaker, George Raft: The Films , 2012 McFarland p150
  2. Jump up^ Loan Shark onIMDb.
  3. Jump up^ challert, E. (1951, Dec 03). Brothers of maureen O’hara progress; Naish teamed with ruth hussey. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved fromhttps://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/166266591?accountid=13902
  4. Jump up^ Special to THE NEW, YORK TIMES. (1949, Aug. 16). MASON TO CO-STAR WITH GRETA GARBO. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved fromhttps://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/105716456?accountid=13902
  5. Jump up^ By THOMAS M PRYOR Special to THE NEW, YORK TIMES. (1951, Dec 04). LIPPERT IN A DEAL WITH FILM AGENCY. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved fromhttps://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/111920439?accountid=13902
  6. Jump up^ By, TM (1951, Dec 09). HOLLYWOOD MEMOS. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved fromhttps://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/111903138?accountid=13902
  7. Jump up^ Schallert, E. (1952, May 10). ‘OUTCASTS’ UNIQUE, POTENT WESTERN. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved fromhttps://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/166353782?accountid=13902
  8. Jump up^ Review of filmatNew York Times
  9. Jump up^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus’ World Movie Reviewsmovie review, August 29, 2003. Accessed: July 9, 2013.