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Gang War (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | July 1958 (USA)
A Los Angeles high-school teacher's problems begin when he happens to witness a gangland killing and agrees to identify the murderers. Not realizing this will cause the underworld to retaliate "big time".

Director:

Gene Fowler Jr.

Writers:

Louis Vittes (screenplay), Ovid Demaris (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Alan Avery
Kent Taylor ... Bryce Barker, Meadows' Attonery
Jennifer Holden Jennifer Holden ... Marie, Maxie Meadows' Woman
John Doucette ... Maxie Meadows
Gloria Henry ... Edie Avery
Gloria Grey Gloria Grey ... Marsha
Barney Phillips ... Police Lt. Sam Johnson
Ralph Manza ... Bernard 'Axe' Duncan, Reno Hood
George Eldredge ... Police Sergeant Ernie Tucker
Billy Snyder Billy Snyder ... Mr. Tomkins, Syndicate Man
Lyn Guild ... Diane Barker
Dan Simmons Dan Simmons ... Police Officer Bob Cross
Jack Reynolds Jack Reynolds ... Joe Reno, Meadows' 2nd in Command
Jack Littlefield Jack Littlefield ... Johnny, Syndicate Hood
Larry Gelbman Larry Gelbman ... Chester
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Storyline

A Los Angeles high-school teacher's problems begin when he happens to witness a gangland killing and agrees to identify the murderers. Not realizing this will cause the underworld to retaliate "big time".

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Raubtier 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Regal Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Final film of Gloria Henry. See more »

Quotes

Police Desk Sergeant: [Voice coming out loudly over the speakers and suspects line-up for questioning] Okay now. Turn and face front! I said face front! Get your hands down you not looking for anybody! You here to be looked at! Now, first man in line. That's right, you! What's your name, address and occupation...
Police Lt. Sam Johnson: [as the officer over the loud speaker continues giving instructions to the suspects] Alright Mr.Avery. Take plenty of time. Look at these men over carefully.
Alan Avery: I don't need anymore time. I'll not be able to ...
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Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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What a bizarre little film!
4 July 2000 | by superstar49See all my reviews

That's what I thought as did my guest, when we both watched this film recently on cable.

There's a lot of originality going on from the minute the film begins, with Hollywood, California as the back drop, including the old Capitol Records building in the background. There were some interesting camera angles, as well as one unintentional humorous fight scene between some gangsters.

As for the plot, well, it's "Death Wish" 1958 almost, with a young and raw Charles Bronson as a high school teacher. Gloria Henry, the mother from the Jay North sitcom "Dennis the Menace" plays his pregnant wife.

Next time you come across it on cable, give the film a chance. You might end up watching it (and enjoying it), all the way through.


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