Roger Touhy, Gangster

Roger Touhy, Gangster is a 1944 American gangster film based on the life of Chicago mob figure Roger Touhy, directed by film noir specialist Robert Florey.

Roger Touhy, Gangster
Directed byRobert Florey
Produced byLee S. Marcus
Written byJerome Cody
Crane Wilbur
Music byHugo Friedhofer
CinematographyGlen MacWilliams
Edited byHarry Reynolds
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
July 1944
Running time
65 min.
CountryUnited States

Parts of the film were shot at Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, Illinois, where Touhy himself was serving time. Although the story was fictionalized, Touhy successfully sued the studio for defamation of character. After six years, he won a judgment of $15,000, although Fox was able to profitably distribute the film overseas without legal repercussions.[1]



  1. Hedda Hopper, "Looking at Hollywood," Chicago Daily Tribune, February 27, 1943; "The Graphic Little Theater Presents Preston Foster and Lois Andrews in 'Roger Touhy, Last of the Gangsters'," Chicago Daily Tribune, August 8, 1943; "Touhy Lawyer Files New Plea Against Movie," Chicago Daily Tribune, August 12, 1943; "Settle $100,000 Touhy Movie Suit for $15,000," Chicago Daily Tribune, November 2, 1949.
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