Loan Shark (film)

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Loan Shark
Loan shark lobby card small.jpg
Theatrical release lobby card
Directed by Seymour Friedman
Produced by Bernard Luber
Screenplay by Eugene Ling
Martin Rackin
Story by Martin Rackin
Starring George Raft
Dorothy Hart
Paul Stewart
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by Albrecht Joseph
Encore Productions Inc.
Distributed by Lippert Pictures
Release date
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250,000[1]

Loan Shark is a 1952 film noir directed by Seymour Friedman and starring George Raft, Dorothy Hart and Paul Stewart.[2]


An ex-con avenges his brother's death by infiltrating vicious loan rackets.



Gail Russell was meant to play the female lead but was unable to do so because of personal problems. Raft was paid $25,000 plus 25% of the profits.[1]


Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz panned the film, writing, "A lifeless thriller about an ex-convict trying to smash a brutal loan-shark racket. Sappy dialogue, an awful plot, and unimaginative directing by Seymour Friedman, make this hardly believable crime story fizzle. The story made about as much sense as snow in July. It is only watchable because George Raft tries to inject into it some Hollywood star pizzazz. But even the final shootout is flat ... This low-budget crime thriller puts all its action into the final shootout scene in a shadowy theater. It had nothing to say about crime or the workforce. The script leaves the impression that all the parties concerned don't seem to have enough brains to walk and chew gum at the same time.[3]


  1. ^ a b Everett Aaker, George Raft: The Films, McFarland 2012 p150
  2. ^ Loan Shark on Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews film review, August 29, 2003. Accessed: July 9, 2013.

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