GARMENT JUNGLE, THE

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When Korean War vet Alan Mitchell (Kerwin Mathews) returns home to work for the family clothing manufacturing company, he discovers that his father (Lee J. Cobb) is in cahoots with gangsters to squelch a fledgling union movement within the shop. When the anti-union goons become murderous, Alan turns against his father to help organize the shop’s labor force. Vincent Sherman directs this tough pro-union drama that co-stars Gia Scala.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Cast:
Lee J. Cobb     Kerwin Mathews
 
Gia Scala     Richard Boone
 
Valerie French     Robert Loggia
 
Joseph Wiseman     Harold J. Stone
 
Adam Williams     Wesley Addy
       
 
       
 
       
 
       
 
     
Genres:

Classics

THE AV REVIEW:

Lee J. Cobb runs a dress manufacturing company. As the story begins, Cobb’s pro-union partner “accidentally” falls to his death. A gangster (played by Richard Boone) is brought on board to try and prevent workers from organizing a union. Cobb’s son (Kerwin Mathews) sees the deplorable “sweat shop” conditions of his father’s business and befriends a union boss (Robert Loggia). When this man is brutally murdered, Cobb tries to distance himself from hired thug Boone, which leads to severe consequences.

The DVD is a great looking release, but it’s average on special features. I was also hoping for a cleaner print, but I’m just glad we’re getting this film in Region 1 for the first time. If you’re a Noir fan..this is a must-buy. Hell, I’d recommend checking out the rest of Sony’s Martini Movies. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a studio get behind their older films like this. It’s much needed.

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