The Gangster directed by Gordon Wiles 1947
Really enjoyed this arty B movie film noir.
Film noir of the week said;
In 1989 Daniel Fuchs wrote “In all my time at the studios, I managed to get my name on a little more than a dozen pictures, most unmemorable, one (Love Me or Leave Me) a major success.” Since then some of the “unmemorable” pictures have grown in stature: The Hard Way, Panic in the Streets, Storm Warning (all with co-writers) and his solo screenplays The Scar and, especially, the noir masterpiece Criss Cross. When he wasn’t writing screenplays he wrote short stories, another novel, and memoirs of his Hollywood days.
Fuchs published three novels in the late 1930s, all set in Brooklyn. The Gangster(1947) is Fuchs’ adaptation of the third of these novels, Low Company (1937). Fuchs boils down the sprawling opus to an 84-minute screenplay. The film and novel are set in Neptune Beach, a thinly disguised Brighton Beach/Coney Island in Brooklyn. The story centers on Shubunka, the gangster of the title. Over six years he has built up a business of “rotten little rackets, living off people, … the numbers, floating gambling games, one or two other things even worse.” (In the novel, the business is prostitution.) His partner, Jammey, rents properties he owns to Shubunka. He also owns a soda/ice cream shop, the center for most of the film’s activities. Major characters who work or hang out at the shop are Shorty, a soda jerker, Dorothy, the store’s young cashier, and Karty, an accountant who now has a destructive gambling habit. All figure in the story’s unfolding.
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