The Big Bankroll

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The Big Bankroll
Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Produced by Samuel Bischoff
David Diamond
Screenplay by Jo Swerling
Story by Leo Katcher
Starring David Janssen
Dianne Foster
Diana Dors
Jack Carson
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by George White
Distributed by Allied Artists
Release dates
June 11, 1961
Running time
106 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Big Bankroll is a 1961 American crime film directed by Joseph M. Newman, produced by Samuel Bischoff and starring David Janssen, Dianne Foster, Diana Dors and Jack Carson.[1] During the prohibition era the gangster Arnold Rothstein rises to be a major figure in the criminal underworld. It is also known by the alternative title King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein. It was based on a book by Leo Katcher.


Arnold Rothstein gains a reputation in 1920s New York City as an expert gambler. He so impresses mob boss Big Tim O'Brien that he is given a job in his illegal enterprises.

Rothstein has a lifelong pal, Johnny Burke, and makes a deadly enemy, Phil Butler, a corrupt cop. He rises to become rich and well known in gambling circles, often using ruthless tactics, like tricking business partner Jim Kelly into sacrificing his half of their arrangement.

Although he has little time for a personal life, Rothstein impulsively marries Carolyn Green, an attractive actress. He devotes little effort to their marriage, his principal obsessions being to build a huge bankroll and to someday win a poker hand with a royal flush.

As his empire grows, so does his arrogance. Rothstein eventually sells out his only friend, resulting in Burke's being gunned down by thugs. He and lawyer Tom Fowler conspire to make sure Butler is exposed and convicted for his criminal activities. But at the precise moment a royal flush is dealt to him, Rothstein is dealt with by Butler's associates.



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