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Gang War (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 March 1940 (USA)
Two mobs fight for control of the jukebox racket.



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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Cooper ...
Bob 'Killer' Meade
Gladys Snyder ...
Maizie 'Sugar' Walford
Danny (Meade's chief henchman) (as Reggie Fenderson)
Laurence Criner ...
Lew Baron (as Lawrence Criner)
Monte Hawley ...
Bill (Baron's henchman)
Jess Lee Brooks ...
Lt. Holmes (as Jesse Brooks)
Johnny Thomas ...
Phil (Meade's driver)
Bull Brown (as Maceo Sheffield)
Charles Hawkins ...
Tip (Brown henchman)
Bobby Johnson ...
Waxy (Baron henchman)
Henry Roberts ...
Slim (Meade henchman)
Harold Garrison ...
Slicum (Meade's publicity man)


Two mobs fight for control of the jukebox racket.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir






Release Date:

29 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Street  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remember the Night
Written by Lew Porter (as Lou Porter) and Johnny Lange
Sung by Gladys Snyder with piano accompaniment
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Gang War was an interesting "race" movie with some excitement
25 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

I just watched a 50-minute version of this low-budget "race" movie. It stars Ralph Cooper as a gangster having a couple of rivals killed so he takes over the town. Gladys Snyder is the singer Cooper's in love with but she's more of the kind willing to call the police if she knows how much in trouble he's in especially if one of them is an old buddy of Cooper's. I'll just now say that while there are some exciting fights and chase scenes, this seemed like a by-the-numbers take on the gangster genre. Still, Gang War is worth a look if you're curious about these kind of movies made when much of the country was segregated meaning movies like this would only be shown in those theatres meant for the black audience. P.S. IMDb lists Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as playing a gang member in this one but I haven't seen anyone who resembles the former Our Gang member as an adult. Maybe when I watch some of his East Side Kids movies, I'll be able to identify him in this movie later on.

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