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Loan Shark Details


Loan Shark was one of several independently-produced films made by George Raft in the early 1950s. Raft plays Joe Gargan, a good guy who pretends to turn bad to trap a gang of usurious loan sharks. In order to convince the crooks that he's on their side, Gargan is forced to call it quits with his sweetheart Ann Nelson (Dorothy Hart). Once he's accepted by the villains, Gargan dreams up an elaborate new method of siphoning money from an unsuspecting public. Inevitably, however, the villains get wise to Gargan's subterfuge, and for a while it looks like curtains for our hero. One of the most appealing aspects of Loan Shark is the no-frills cinematography of Joseph Biroc, who went on to such loftier pursuits as Joseph Biroc. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


George Raft
as Joe Gargen
Dorothy Hart
as Ann Nelson
Paul Stewart
as Donelli
Helen Westcott
as Martha Haines
John Hoyt
as Phillips
Henry Slate
as Paul Nelson
Russell Johnson
as Thompson
Ben Baker
as Tubby
Charles Meredith
as Rennick
Harlan Warde
as Lt. White
Spring Mitchell
as Nancy
Margia Dean
as Ivy
Ross Elliott
as Norm
Robert Bice
as Steve Casmer
William Tannen
as Rourke
Mike Ragan
as Maxie
William "Bill" Phillips
as Baski
George Eldredge
as George
Lawrence Dobkin
as Walter Karr


Bernard Luber
Martin Rackin
Joseph Biroc