The George Raft Story

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The George Raft Story
Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Produced by Ben Schwalb
Screenplay by Crane Wilbur
Starring Ray Danton
Jayne Mansfield
Julie London
Barrie Chase
Music by Jeff Alexander
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by George White
Distributed by Allied Artists
Release date(s)
  • November 22, 1961 (1961-11-22)
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.2 million
Box office $979,550,250

The George Raft Story is a 1961 American biographical film of Hollywood film star George Raft. Ray Danton portrays Raft and the film was directed by Joseph M. Newman. The picture was retitled Spin of a Coin for release in the United Kingdom, a reference to Raft's character's famous nickel-flipping in Scarface, the film that launched Raft's career as a major gangster actor.

Overview[edit]

The film is a largely fictionalized version of Raft's turbulent life and career. Neville Brand appears briefly as Al Capone, recreating his role from the 1959 television series The Untouchables. Although other characters were fictional, Moxie was based on Raft's long-time friend and associate Mack Gray and "Benny" was modeled on Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel. No mention is made in the photoplay of Raft's long-estranged wife Grayce (Mulrooney) or early mob benefactor Owney Madden.

George Raft and Mack Gray had played themselves almost two decades earlier in a markedly different but equally fictionalized biographical movie about Raft's early days as a dancer reluctantly involved with gangsters entitled Broadway (1942).

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