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The Garment Jungle

  • Film

Time Out says

Cut from familiar noir cloth - all eerie ceiling fans and empty elevator shafts expressionistically shot and lit - The Garment Jungle's off-the-peg plot concerns a coming-home Korean war veteran's discovery of foul play in the family firm and political gangsterism on either side. It's a sort of 'pro-labour' (Aldrich's term) On the Fashion Front, a radical retort to On the Waterfront's anti-union allegory three years earlier (both films were Columbia releases, both were set in New York, and both cast Cobb as a proto-capitalist patriarch). Uncredited director Robert Aldrich was replaced by Sherman only one week before shooting ended for his refusal to tone down a tough screenplay. In spite of Sherman's efforts, though, The Garment Jungle makes latter-day labour films like F.I.S.T., Norma Rae and Blue Collar look comparatively unstarched.
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Release Details

  • Duration:88 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Vincent Sherman, Robert Aldrich
  • Screenwriter:Harry Kleiner
  • Cast:
    • Lee J Cobb
    • Kerwin Mathews
    • Gia Scala
    • Richard Boone
    • Valerie French
    • Robert Loggia
    • Joseph Wiseman
    • Wesley Addy
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