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The George Raft Story (1961)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 22 November 1961 (USA)
Dancer George Raft (Ray Danton) finds himself involved with the criminal underworld. After a conflict with gangster boss Frank Donatella (Joe de Santis), he is exiled to Hollywoood, where ... See full summary »

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Joseph M. Newman

Writer:

Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Danton ... George Raft
Jayne Mansfield ... Lisa Lang
Julie London ... Sheila Patton
Barrie Chase ... June Tyler
Barbara Nichols ... Texas Guinan
Frank Gorshin ... Moxie Cusack
Margo Moore ... Ruth Harris
Brad Dexter ... Benny 'Bugsy' Siegal
Neville Brand ... Al Capone
Robert Strauss ... Frenchie
Herschel Bernardi ... Sam
Joe De Santis ... Frankie Donatella
Jack Lambert ... Jerry Fitzpatrick
Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Raft
Robert H. Harris ... Harvey
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Storyline

Dancer George Raft (Ray Danton) finds himself involved with the criminal underworld. After a conflict with gangster boss Frank Donatella (Joe de Santis), he is exiled to Hollywoood, where he wins a role in the film "Scarface" and becomes famous. He lives with actress Lisa Lang (Jayne Mansfield) in a huge villa, but when his mother dies, he deserts her. His career slides downhill until he is offered a part in "Some Like it Hot" and becomes famous again. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

HOLLYWOOD'S CONFIDENTIAL STORY!! A MOVIE STAR TELLS ALL! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujeres en su vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Neville Brand and Robert Strauss co-starred 7 years earlier in Stalag 17 (1953). Brand and Strauss reunited this year in this film. See more »

Goofs

The film opens with a title card that reads "New York in the late 1920's", then proceeds to show scenes of the city with 1950's-era cars driving about and buildings that had not been built yet in the montage. See more »

Quotes

George Raft: [to his mirror image] What the hell happened to YOU?
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References Scarface (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely Gal Lonely
Music by Jeff Alexander
Lyrics by Guy
Song by Julie London
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Women's costumes and hairstyles
31 May 2016 | by gelasheSee all my reviews

I was intrigued to learn about George Raft's life so I watched it.

I Googled him while I was watching. I learned about him turning down major Warner Brother roles and thought they could have focused on that a little more. It was quite sad that for an actor who did great gangster stuff from the 30's to the 40's that his last great movie was Some Like it Hot where he played a parody of himself and that he was relegated to a greeter at a Havana casino which went down south due to Castro's overthrow of the government.

Similar to Hogan's Heroes as far as the wrong era being used for the female actors, Why were behives and long flowing hair as well as sixties style dresses and shoes used? I was so focused on that that the movie was actually distracting.

That was the only thing I got out of the movie.


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