The Last Gangster

Edward G. Robinson plays a gangster who marries an innocent Swedish woman (Rose Stradner), fathers a child with her, and then gets sent to Alcatraz. When he emerges a decade later, she’s divorced him to marry a sympathetic newspaper reporter (James Stewart) and his son is a total stranger. With its story coauthored by William A. Wellman, this 1937 tearjerker may sound like typical Warners product. But it was made at MGM, and Louis B. Mayer’s fingerprints are all over it, lachrymose family values and all. Not even such players as Lionel Stander and John Carradine can rescue it. Edward Ludwig directed. 81 min. (JR)

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