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King of the Roaring 20s - the Story of Arnold Rothstein

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1961
  • Joseph M Newman
  • 106 mins
  • A

Summary

Biographical drama starring David Janssen, Dianne Foster and Mickey Rooney. New York in the 1920s is a city of jazz, hoodlums and crooked politicians. Into this world comes Arnold Rothstein, whose swiftness of intellect is matched only by his ambition. A natural gambler, Rothstein is soon a key player in a business renowned for its glamour and its ruthlessness.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Like its companion piece The George Raft Story, which was also directed by Joseph M Newman, this marks a fascinating return to the gangster era. David Janssen, of TV's The Fugitive fame, makes a seductively likeable Rothstein, the infamous 1920s gambler, and since audiences had barely heard of him, let alone remembered that he was fat and squat, Janssen gets away with it. The supporting cast is notable, featuring Mickey Rooney and the ever-welcome Jack Carson, plus Diana Dors near the end of her ill-advised Hollywood experience. The black-and-white photography is crisp enough, but the pace falters, and the film has a very artificial feel.

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Credits

Cast

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Arnold RothsteinDavid Janssen
Carolyn GreenDianne Foster
Johnny BurkeMickey Rooney
"Big Tim" O'BrienJack Carson
MadgeDiana Dors
Phil ButlerDan O'Herlihy
Jim KellyMickey Shaughnessy
Tom FowlerKeenan Wynn
Abraham RothsteinJoseph Schildkraut
HechtWilliam Demarest

Crew

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DirectorJoseph M Newman

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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