I, Mobster

Overview

By 1958, director Roger Corman had switched from making low-budgeters like Apache Woman to movies like the gangster flic I, Mobster that might be found outside of the drive-in setting. The ungrammatical title refers to Joe Sante Steve Cochran and his career of climbing the ladder in the hierarchy of organized crime. Now at the top rung, Sante is taking the Fifth Amendment before a Senate subcommittee on racketeering and as he does so, his life is recalled in flashbacks. His first job was working for a bookie, ...
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Overview

By 1958, director Roger Corman had switched from making low-budgeters like Apache Woman to movies like the gangster flic I, Mobster that might be found outside of the drive-in setting. The ungrammatical title refers to Joe Sante Steve Cochran and his career of climbing the ladder in the hierarchy of organized crime. Now at the top rung, Sante is taking the Fifth Amendment before a Senate subcommittee on racketeering and as he does so, his life is recalled in flashbacks. His first job was working for a bookie, next he becomes involved in a drug ring, and then he expands into intimidating striking workers. Since the last rung of the ladder is open game for any ambitious gangster, Sante would do well to also recall how homicide got him where he now stands.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While hardly a big budget affair, I, Mobster did provide Roger Corman with a more workable budget than those of many of his earlier (and some later) films. Mobster is altogether only an average film, but it does have some elements that stand out. Steve Cochran's star performance is one of these. Cochran could be a frustrating actor, capable of giving quite fine performances but equally capable of falling into an acting rut; sometimes both sides of him appear in one film. In Mobstr, Cochran appears fully engaged, perhaps due to the role itself or perhaps due to Corman's direction (or both). He understands that Joe Sante is a man of two personalities, one of them a ruthless gangster, the other a human with a strict moral compass. Cochran navigates this difficult dual terrain perfectly, and his work here is very, very good. The complexity of this character is one of the other noteworthy aspects of the film, providing more depth than is often found in this kind of routine melodrama. Also of note is Floyd D. Crosby's photography, which adds considerable depth and atmosphere. There's also a lot to Mobster that's run of the mill, including the rise-and-fall plot; but fans of the genre will find enough original here to keep them engaged.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • UPC: 796019797795
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Rating:

  • Source: Classic Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,377

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Cochran Joe Sante
Lita Milan Teresa Porter
Robert Strauss Black Frankie Udino
Celia Lovsky Mrs. Sante
John Brinkley Ernie Porter
Yvette Vickers The Blonde
Robert Shayne Senator
Grant Withers Joe Moran
Frank Gerstle District Attorney
Wally Cassell Cherry Nose
John Mylong Mr. Sante
Jeri Southern
Lili St. Cyr Herself
Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director, Producer
Edward L. Alperson Jr. Score Composer, Producer
Gene Corman Producer
Marjorie D. Corso Costumes/Costume Designer
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Steve Fisher Screenwriter
Gerald Fried Score Composer
Daniel Haller Art Director
William B. Murphy Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I, Mobster
1. Growing Pains [5:56]
2. I Like Your Style [4:03]
3. Using His Noodle [5:09]
4. First Offense [4:27]
5. Gentlemen, The Broads [6:25]
6. Nothing Personal [3:56]
7. Bubble Bath [:40]
8. Like A Stone Wall [6:49]
9. A Great Pity [1:22]
10. Off The Payroll [6:17]
11. Little Ernie [3:54]
12. I Just Sold Out [6:29]
13. The Rub Out [4:24]
14. Contempt [4:20]
15. The Hard Way [6:37]
16. Gutter of Blood [5:27]
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