The Garment Jungle

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Vincent Sherman replaced an uncredited Robert Aldrich as director of this noirish and atypically pro-union film from the 1950's. Tulio Renata Robert Loggia, an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, campaigns to unionize the employees of dress factory owner Walter Mitchell Lee J. Cobb. Viscerally opposed to the union, Mitchell has hired Artie Ravidge Richard Boone to thwart Renata's efforts. In a complex oedipal sub-plot, Walter's son Alan Kerwin Matthews returns home and joins the firm ...
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Vincent Sherman replaced an uncredited Robert Aldrich as director of this noirish and atypically pro-union film from the 1950's. Tulio Renata Robert Loggia, an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, campaigns to unionize the employees of dress factory owner Walter Mitchell Lee J. Cobb. Viscerally opposed to the union, Mitchell has hired Artie Ravidge Richard Boone to thwart Renata's efforts. In a complex oedipal sub-plot, Walter's son Alan Kerwin Matthews returns home and joins the firm following the suspicious death of his father's partner. Alan is more sympathetic to the union and attempts to persuade his father to sign a contract. Only after Ravidge kills Renata, and the elder Mitchell finally admits to himself that Ravidge is a thug who also killed his partner, does he agree to negotiate with the union. Before he can do so, however, he, too, is murdered by Ravidge's goons. It is then left to Alan, increasingly involved with Renata's widow Theresa Gia Scala, to run the business, bring Ravidge to justice, and settle with the union. Similar to Herbert Biberman's Salt of the Earth 1954 in its overt support of the labor movement, The Garment Jungle is clearly a liberal, not a radical, film. Rather than advocate class warfare, it asserts that honest unions and decent capitalists can work together honorably. The film's real fire is found in the personal conflicts between Tulio and Theresa and Walter and Alan. Cobb, Loggia, and Scala perform with intense and multi-dimensional passion. Particularly noteworthy is Theresa's fury at her husband for taking excessive, and ultimately fatal, risks.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original trailer; Martini Minutes: "How To Play the Leading Man" and "How to Hold Your Liquor"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Something of an answer to the superior On the Waterfront, the attitudes expressed in The Garment Jungle may seem a bit foreign to many modern audiences, but at the time of its release, it would have been hard-hitting and relevant. What keeps Jungle from achieving the fame of Waterfront, however, is that its earnest Harry Kleiner screenplay lacks sufficient depth to satisfy as a straight-ahead drama, yet doesn't capture quite the right attitude to satisfy as a prime film noir. Certainly Jungle's look is appropriately noir-ish, with expressionistic angles and lighting that add a disturbing undercurrent to the scenes. Perhaps if Robert Aldrich had been allowed to stay on and finish the film he started and most of which he directed, the result might have been more consistent than it turned out with Vincent Sherman stepping in. Certainly the fault does not lie with the fine cast -- with the glaring exception of the youthful Kerwin Mathews, who is simply too lightweight and out of his league in this crucial role. No such complaints can be lodged against Lee J. Cobb, who turns in another of his powerful, gripping performances, or against Richard Boone, who makes his thug into every decent man's nightmare. Kudos are also due Robert Loggia and Gia Scala as the husband-and-wife labor duo, who really breathe fire and life into their roles. The Garment Jungle ultimately misses much more than it hits, but these cast members hit consistently.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • UPC: 043396268098
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee J. Cobb Walter Mitchell
Kerwin Mathews Alan Mitchell
Richard Boone Artie Ravidge
Valerie French Lee Hackett
Robert Loggia Tulio Renata
Gia Scala Theresa Renata
Joseph Wiseman Tony
Harold J. Stone Tony
Adam Williams "Ox"
Wesley Addy Mr. Paul
Willis B. Bouchey Dave Bronson
Robert Ellenstein Fred Kenner
Celia Lovsky Tulio's mother
Suzanne Alexander Joanne
Anna Lee Carroll
Dick Crockett Miller
Diane DeLaire Head Seamstress
Kenneth Gibson Buyer
Joan Granville Girl Operator
Marilyn Hanold
Bob Hopkins Bartender
Betsy Jones-Moreland Secretary
Ellie Kent Stephanie
Donald Kirke
Frank Marlowe Onlooker
Kathryn Marlowe
Sid Melton Male Operator
Laurie Mitchell
Peggy O'Connor
Gloria Pall Fitting Model
Paul Power Salesman
George Robotham Truck Driver
Archie Savage Elevator Operator
Irene Seidner Old Lady Operator
Jon Shepodd Alredi
Hal Taggart
Dale Van Sickel Helper
Paul Weber
Shirley Buchanan Announcer
Jean Lewis Receptionist
Lillian Culver Buyer
Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Clay Campbell Makeup
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Harry Kleiner Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Garment Jungle
1. Chapter 1 [4:27]
2. Chapter 2 [8:05]
3. Chapter 3 [6:38]
4. Chapter 4 [9:48]
5. Chapter 5 [8:17]
6. Chapter 6 [5:36]
7. Chapter 7 [6:18]
8. Chapter 8 [5:20]
9. Chapter 9 [10:17]
10. Chapter 10 [6:26]
11. Chapter 11 [9:36]
12. Chapter 12 [6:50]
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Disc #1 -- Garment Jungle
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   Languages
      Audio: English
      Audio: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Martini Minutes
      How To Play the Leading Man
      How To Hold Your Liquor
   Original Theatrical Trailer
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