The Films of Mike Mazurkiby robertstrom | created - 07 Aug 2018 | updated - 07 Aug 2018 | Public
Professional wrestler Mike Mazurki got his break in Hollywood with Mae West hired him as her bodyguard. West was forced to give her jewelry to gangsters after they threatened to throw acid in her face. The actress wanted Mazurki nearby at all times. This meant giving him a roll in Belle of the Nineties (1934). Mazurki returned to wrestling until director Josef von Sternberg approached him following a wrestling match and offered him a part in The Shanghai Gesture (1941). When the studio felt he resembled Victor Mature, Mike's head was shaved and the 6ft 5in Ukrainian-born Mazurki was cast as The Coolie. From the release of The Shanghai Gesture until Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy in 1990 Mazurki never stopped working. He may be best remembered as the quintessential film noir thug. This image was born when he played Moose Malloy opposite Dick Powell and Claire Trevor in the noir classic Murder, My Sweet (1944). More films noir followed including Summer Storm (1944), Mysterious Intruder (1946), Nightmare Alley (1947), I Walk Alone (1948), Abandoned (1949), Rope of Sand (1949), Dark City (1950), Night and the City (1950), Pier 23 (1951), Man in the Vault (1956) and The Man Who Died Twice (1958). Mike Mazurki's life and career are the subject of my fourth book: Moose Malloy, My Sweet – The Authorized Biography of Mike Mazurki (BearManor Media 2019) – Robert Stom
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1. Belle of the Nineties (1934)
Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to ... See full summary »
3. The Last Alarm (1940)
Approved | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A veteran firefighter is forced to retire at age 65 by the Fire Department. However, when one of his friends dies in a blaze set by a serial arsonist, the now retired fireman teams up with ... See full summary »
4. The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
In Shanghai, dragon-lady 'Mother' Gin Sling operates a gambling house for wealthy patrons but she clashes with influential land developer Sir Guy Charteris who wants to put her out-of-business.
5. Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)
Passed | 58 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance
Dr. Larry Forbes visits the château of Dr. Robert Renault, uncle of his fiancée Madelon, who is idolized by Renault's assistant, a strange émigré from Java.
6. The Moon and Sixpence (1942)
Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance
Loosely inspired by Gauguin's life, the story of Charles Strickland, a middle-aged stockbrocker who abandons his middle-class life, his family, and his duties to start painting, as he has ... See full summary »
7. That Other Woman (1942)
Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Romance
Secretary Emily Borden is in love with her boss, Henry Summers, but he is too involved with Constance Powell to notice. Ralph is interested in Emily, but she has no interest in him. Emily's... See full summary »
8. Gentleman Jim (1942)
Approved | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.
10. Prairie Chickens (1943)
Approved | 48 min | Action, Comedy, Western
Another in the Roach "streamliner" series of semi-westerns top-billing Jimmy Rogers (Jimmy) and Noah Beery, Jr. (Pidge) as out-of-work cowhands. This one is a showcase - in some instances ... See full summary »
11. Taxi, Mister (1943)
Approved | 46 min | Comedy, Romance
Its is NYC in 1928 and taxi-cab owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett are making a hard-scrabble living with the one tumbledown cab they have between them, and take shifts driving. They ... See full summary »
12. Mission to Moscow (1943)
Approved | 124 min | Drama, History, War
Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.
13. Bomber's Moon (1943)
67 min | Adventure, Drama, War
American bomber pilot Captain Jeff Dakin is shot down on a bombing raid over German-held territory. As his crew bails out, Jeff sees his bombardier brother, Lt. Danny Dakin, machine-gunned ... See full summary »
15. Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Musical
Two producers are putting together a wartime charity show with an all-star cast but the egotism of radio personality Eddie Cantor disrupts their plans.
16. Swing Fever (1943)
Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Lowell Blackford (Kay Kyser) is blessed with a gift of music,but also cursed with a hereditary "evil eye" which hypnotizes people,and he is virtually a recluse. He goes in search of a ... See full summary »
19. Lost Angel (1943)
Passed | 91 min | Drama
Alpha's been raised along scientific principles, and will make Mike Regan a great human interest story for his paper. But when his interview prompts Alpha to run away from the institute and... See full summary »
21. Summer Storm (1944)
Approved | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée, with tragic consequences.
22. The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The descendent of a ghost imprisoned for cowardice hopes to free the spirit by displaying courage when under duress.
24. The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
A cowardly actor and a runaway princess are voyaging on a ship that is captured by a notorious pirate who recently buried his treasure on a secretly mapped island.
25. Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.
26. The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music
Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at ... See full summary »
28. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Approved | 83 min | Comedy
When two bumbling barbers act as agents for a talented but unknown singer, they stage a phony murder in order to get him a plum role.
32. Live Wires (1946)
Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime
Slip, who has difficulties in keeping a job for too long, is hired by the District Attorney's office to serve summons and warrants to problematic citizens.
33. Mysterious Intruder (1946)
Approved | 61 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
The fifth entry in the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", opens with kindly old music store owner Edward Stillwell (Paul E. Burns) hiring private detective Don ... See full summary »
34. The French Key (1946)
Approved | 64 min | Mystery, Thriller
Private detective Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick Sam Cragg skip out on their rented room, but when they sneak back to retrieve their luggage, they discover a dead body on the bed, holding... See full summary »
35. Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)
Approved | 116 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
In medieval Persia, during the rule of Caliph Harun-Al-Rashid, Sinbad the Sailor boasts about his latest adventures to his friends.
37. Unconquered (1947)
Passed | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.
39. I Walk Alone (1947)
Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business.
42. Neptune's Daughter (1949)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A swimsuit fashion designer is determined to protect her scatterbrained sister from a South American heart-breaker, but a case of mistaken identity complicates matters.
43. Come to the Stable (1949)
Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
Two nuns arrive unannounced in the small New England town of Bethlehem, where they recruit various townspeople to help them build a children's hospital.
44. Rope of Sand (1949)
Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Film-Noir
A man abused by a sadistic mining company cop before he could tell where on their desert property he'd found diamonds decides to steal them instead.
45. The Devil's Henchman (1949)
Approved | 68 min | Crime, Drama
Insurance agent Jesse Arno is posing as a sailor while on the trail of a gang of waterfront thieves, supposedly headed by Tip Banning. Arno is aware that a gang member has been murdered by ... See full summary »
46. Abandoned (1949)
Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir