The Last Gangster (1937)

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A gangster is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant. He becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries.


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  • Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Scott in The Last Gangster (1937)
  • Edward G. Robinson and Rose Stradner in The Last Gangster (1937)
  • James Stewart and Rose Stradner in The Last Gangster (1937)
  • Douglas Scott and Rose Stradner in The Last Gangster (1937)
  • The Last Gangster (1937)
  • Edward G. Robinson and Alan Baxter in The Last Gangster (1937)

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30 August 1999 | David-240
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| Robinson explodes out of the screen!
This is one of Edward G. Robinson's best performances. He played the gangster with the expired use by date in a number of movies, most notably in "Key Largo", but here he takes the character on a fascinating journey. He starts as a newly-wed little Napoleon, is crushed by his conviction on tax evasion, degraded through ten years of prison, and tortured to near death by his former gang when released. Through all this he is motivated by a great love for a son he has never met - when he does meet him finally his tender side is released.

What a challenging role this is - and how brilliantly Robinson rises to the challenge. At times you'll hate him, but he is always so vividly real that it is impossible not to empathise. Less effective is Rose Stradner as his wife - she too often slips into melodrama. It is perhaps not surprising to learn that she only made one other film. How fabulous Luise Rainer would have been in this role. The rest of the cast is terrific - that great Warner Bros store of thugs and villains - with Lionel Stander and John Carradine particular stand-outs.

And a pre-star James Stewart is the good guy - he even has a Clark Gable moustache in some scenes (the studio never let him grow that again!). The little boy is very icky - seems more English than American and is far too boy scouty to be appealing.

But add to all this strong direction, a good script, and stunning camera-work and you have a minor masterpiece. The torture scene is really very harrowing and the passage of time in prison montage is excellent - and you've got to love the opening credits.

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