Gangs of Chicago
|Gangs of Chicago|
|Directed by||Arthur Lubin|
|Produced by||Robert North (associate producer)|
|Written by||Karl Brown|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
After the death of his corrupt father, young Matty Burns enrolls in law school, not to seek justice but to learn how to represent criminal organizations while remaining within the law. He graduates with roommate Bill Whitaker, a judge's son, and is invited to come live at the Whitaker farm, where June Whitaker finds herself attracted to her brother Bill's friend.
With a federal agent named Evans keeping a close eye on his activities, Matty becomes the legal mouthpiece of Jim Ramsey, a racketeer. Bill is beseeched by agent Evans to spy on his friend, which he does reluctantly at the urging of his law-abiding dad.
Ramsey and his moll, Virginia Brandt, don't trust Bill and spring a trap, catching him red-handed seeking evidence. Bill is seriously wounded by thug Pinky's gunshot and rushed to a doctor by Matty, his friend. Both later hide out at the family farm, where Ramsey and his men come to finish the job. They are vanquished, but Matty must now do time behind bars.
The Los Angeles Times said Nolan and Middleton are "very good, but it is really Lola Lane... who rings bells." The New York Times called it "a stock cops and robbers melodrama... the only surprise in the picture is the sincere performance turned in by Ray Middleton."
- Of Local Origin New York Times 10 June 1940: 21.
- Gangs of Chicago Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 7, Iss. 73, (Jan 1, 1940): 128.
- Joel McCrea Will Star in 'Two on an Island' Los Angeles Times 19 Mar 1940: A12.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: New York Times 20 Mar 1940: 41.
- Bolivar to Be Limned by Both Gable, Flynn Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 21 Mar 1940: 12.
- DWIGHT FRYE DIES; CHARACTER ACTOR:New York Times 12 Nov 1943: 22.
- 'Crazy Show' at Orpheum Amusing Footlight Fare Kingley, Grace. Los Angeles Times 6 June 1940: 16.
- THE SCREEN By BOSLEY CROWTHER. New York Times 13 June 1940: 29.
- THE SCREEN GRAB-BAG: Abe Lincoln' in Sioux Falls--Stoppage of 'Life' in Chicago--Other Items By THOMAS M. PRYOR. New York Times 9 June 1940: X3.
- Vagg, Stephen (14 September 2019). "The Cinema of Arthur Lubin". Diabolique Magazine.