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I Mobster

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I, Mobster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Corman
Produced byEdward L. Alperson
Gene Corman
Roger Corman
StarringSteve Cochran
Lita Milan
Music byGerald Fried
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 1959 (1959-01)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States

I Mobster is a 1958 film noir crime-drama film directed by Roger Corman. The film features a cameo of famous burlesque star Lili St. Cyr.


Joe Sante is a small time crook, who works as a bookie's runner and small time drug pusher. Through ruthlessness and hard work, he begins to climb the ranks of organized crime until he becomes one of the main crime czar's in his city. Eventually, he is betrayed and killed by his criminal cohorts who desire his wealth an power.[2]



Filming started 15 July 1958.[3] It was Corman's biggest budgeted production to date.[1] Cochrane was borrowed from Robert Alexander Productions.[4] Independent film producer Edward L. Alperson brought the screen play to Corman. The screenplay was written by Steve Fisher.


Variety praised the movie, especially the portrait of the Cochran's rise and fall. The magazine also praised the directing and acting in the movie. The Monthly Film Bulletin found the black humor to elevate the movie over its rather episodic story. CEA Film Report however found the movie offer nothing new or different. Corman thought the film lacked the depth of Machine Gun Kelly.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "FILMLAND EVENTS: Blaustein to Head Independent Unit". Los Angeles Times. June 5, 1958. p. C12.
  2. ^ a b Frank, A. (2000) The Films of Roger Corman: Shooting my way out of Trouble. Batsford Press
  3. ^ "Hollywood Production Pulse". Variety. 6 August 1958. p. 20.
  4. ^ THOMAS M. PRYOR (June 20, 1958). "PHIL CAREY CAST IN DISNEY MOVIE: Actor to Star With Mineo in 'Tonka' -- Negulesco to Direct 'The Blessing'". The New York Times. p. 27.
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