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Forgotten Noir 2 (Loan Shark / Arson Inc) (1952)

George Raft , Dorothy Hart , Seymour Friedman , William Berke  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: George Raft, Dorothy Hart, Paul Stewart, John Hoyt, Helen Westcott
  • Directors: Seymour Friedman, William Berke
  • Writers: Arthur Caesar, Eugene Ling, Martin Rackin, Maurice Tombragel
  • Producers: Bernard Luber, William Stephens
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000HC2LLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forgotten Noir 2 (Loan Shark / Arson Inc)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary on Loan Shark by Richard M. Roberts
  • "Inside Lippert - Part 1: 1907-1949)" as told to Robert L. Lippert Jr.
  • Bios
  • Photo gallery
  • Trivia
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Loan Shark (1952) - Tough ex-con George Raft is hired by a factory owner and a union leader to help smash a loan-sharking mob preying on their employees. To obtain the necessary evidence, Raft puts his life on the line by joining the gang. First time on DVD. Arson Inc (1949) - A Bureau of Fire Investigation agent goes under cover to confront a ruthless arson ring that has left a trail of bodies, burned out buildings with various and sundry carnage! First time on video or DVD. Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Bios| Original Theatrical Trailers| "Inside Lippert" (Part 1: 1907-1949) as told by Robert L, Lippert Jr| "Loan Shark" Audio Commentary by Richard M Roberts| Movie Trivia| Photo Gallery. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital; 137 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA – NR; Year - 1952, 1949; SRP - $14.99.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films presents "FORGOTTEN NOIR 2" (Loan Shark (1952) & Arson Inc (1949) --- (Dolby digitally remastered)...featuring top performances from the '40s and '50s with outstanding drama and screenplays, along with a wonderful cast and supporting actors to bring it all together ... another winner from the vaults of almost forgotten Hollywood gems.

First up we have Lippert Pictures feature "LOAN SHARK" (1952) (79 mins/B&W) --- Under Seymour Friedman (Director), Bernard Luber (Producer), Eugene Ling (Screenwriter), Martin Rackin (Screenwriter), Joseph Biroc (Cinematographer), Al Joseph (Editor), Field M. Gray (Art Director) ----- the cast includes George Raft (Joe Gargen), Dorothy Hart (Ann Nelson), Paul Stewart (Donelli), Helen Westcott (Martha Haines), John Hoyt (Phillips), Henry Slate (Paul Nelson), William Phipps (Ed Haines), Russell Johnson (Thompson), Ben Baker (Tubby), Charles Meredith (Rennick), Harlan Warde (Lt. White), Spring Mitchell (Nancy), Margia Dean (Ivy), Ross Elliott (Norm), Robert Bice (Steve Casmer), Robert B. Williams (Scully), Lawrence Dobkin (Walter Karr), William Tannen (Rourke), Jack Daley (Borrower), Virginia Carroll (Netta), Mike Ragan (Maxie), George Eldredge (George), William "Bill" Phillips (Baski) . . . . . our story involves our hero George Raft an ex-con to infiltrate into the loan sharks operation ... the plus in this film is Dorothy Hart who is so beautiful you can't take your eyes off of her during any of her scenes ... will Raft's sister and girl friend see through his plans to bring the entire baddies to justice in this outstanding Lippert Production ... Paul Stewart as usual gives and outstanding performance, very much under rated actor, but he shines in this role ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Forgotten Noir, Volume 2" includes two crime films from Lippert Pictures, Inc., the distribution and production company of the estimable Robert L. Lippert, who pioneered drive-in movies, multiplexes, and produced 246 films in 20 years. Both films involve undercover agents who infiltrate criminal operations. "Loan Shark" (1952) stars George Raft as a stoic tough guy determined to bring down the local loan shark who was responsible for his brother-in-law's murder. "Arson, Inc." (1949) is an inferior "police procedural" about a firefighter who infiltrates an arson ring to expose an insurance scam. My 3-star rating is an average of the two films. "Loan Shark" alone is very worthwhile for fans of post-war crime thrillers.

"Loan Shark" is an entertaining "crime thriller", as they were called, with both noir-ish and social conscience overtones. Made in 1952 but closer to the 1940s in style, it warns working class Americans against predatory loan sharks. After a stint in prison, Joe Gargen (George Raft) is living with his sister Martha (Helen Westcott) and her husband Ed. Joe turns down a job offer at the tire factory where everyone seems to work, because the General Manager asks him to use his street savvy to find out who is behind the heavy debts and beatings that employees are incurring at the hands of a loan shark. But when Ed is killed for trying to organize witnesses against the loan sharks, Joe decides to take up the challenge. He's so good at infiltrating the crooks that his family, and the audience, question his motives. A 56-year-old George Raft romancing young Ann (Dorothy Hart) is conspicuously odd, but Raft does a great sharp, laconic working man. 4 stars. (1 hour 20 minutes)

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4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OUT OF TWO AIN'T BAD May 9, 2013
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image quality on these titles is good. Loan Shark is a surprisingly good picture with a great cast. It's one of Lippert's better pictures. If it weren't for Kit Parker and VCI it wouild have fallen into oblivion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A swell double feature Loan shark/Arson inc April 2, 2010
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I liked the double feature loan shark with george raft and arson inc.Arson inc was about a fire investigation agent who goes undercover to capture a ruthless arson ring. the film was low budget and no name stars but it was pretty good. arson inc had some corny parts but it worked for me and was good enough overall.

Now the better movie was george raft in loan shark. george raft is good in these tough guys movies. raft plays a man just out of prison assigned to nail a ruthless loan shark ring. it goes on the premise you need bad guys to capture other bad guys.the movie even has the man who played the professor in gilligans island in a straight serious role. he does a good job working with the loan sharks. And like was said before the actor paul stewart made a slimy good villian in this movie and the actor john hoyt was a good villian too.playing the mobster who tries to look like a respectable businessman. he even has a sexy ditsy,dancing girlfriend in his rich penthouse apartment, this blonde bombshell is really far toooo young for him but it works in a picture like this. I would of loved to see one more big gorilla like henchmen in this movie like a mike mazurki type from the movie "murder my sweet" with dick powell but it was fine as it was.raft has a good looking gal too but as was mentioned he was a bit too old for her and a bit too old for this role.I think a younger more muscular Robert mitchum may of been a better choice for this movie. even though I am glad raft got the part.So If you like tough guy, film noir movies like I certainly do.... loan shark and arson inc wont dissapoint you . I was happy with both flicks, especially loan shark with george raft. Both films are recommended!
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