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I Mobster (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | February 1959 (USA)
The rise and fall of gang lord Joe Sante.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Joseph Hilton Smyth (novel), Steve Fisher (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... Joe Sante
Lita Milan ... Teresa Porter
Robert Strauss ... Black Frankie Udino
Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Sante
Lili St. Cyr ... Lili St. Cyr
John Brinkley John Brinkley ... Ernie Porter
Grant Withers ... Paul Moran
Yvette Vickers ... The Blonde
Frank Gerstle ... District Attorney
Robert Shayne ... Senator
Wally Cassell ... Cherry Nose Sirago (adult)
Jeri Southern Jeri Southern ... Singer
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Storyline

Joe Sante wants to be the big man, and nobody is going stand in his way. In a world full of smoke, molls, shakedowns, muscle, and murder, Joe knows what he wants and how to get it. But can he disregard his poor old immigrant parents who are ashamed of his criminal life? Will he drag his sweet girlfriend into the life of the underworld? And most importantly, can Joe trust his mobster friends? Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster Nr. 1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was banned in Sweden in 1961. See more »

Connections

Featured in Wishful Thinking (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

LOST, LONELY AND LOOKING FOR LOVE
Written by Edward L. Alperson Jr.
Lyrics by Jerry Winn
Sung by Jeri Southern
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A Historically significant film... maybe
15 November 2005 | by c532cSee all my reviews

I, MOBSTER may have some historical significance, of a sort. This may be the first film based on a paperback original. When I say "paperback original" I'm referring to the flood of two-bit (literally, they sold for a quarter) paperback books that were NOT reprints: these books, published by Dell, Gold Medal (Fawcett) Lion and others had a boom after World war II, taking over the newsstands, drug store racks, etc. and hastening the demise of the pulp magazines. Writers like Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Jim Thompson and Charles Williams got their start in the paperback originals, and established writers like David Goodis and Cornell Woolrich turned to them for quick money.

Many of these books have now been filmed by the likes of Truffaut (SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER from Goodis' DOWN THERE) Cornfield (THE 3RD VOICE from Williams' ALL THE WAY) and others -- Jim Thompson most frequently --but as far as I can tell, Roger Corman's I, MOBSTER was the first, from an "anonymous" Gold Medal Original, I, MOBSTER, published in 1951.

Can anyone find an earlier?


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