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I, Mobster (1958)

I, Mobster  was directed and co-produced by the legendary B film director Roger Corman (1926–). Based on the eponymous pulp fiction novel by Joseph Hilton Smyth (1901–1972) it chronicles the journey of Joe Sante (Steve Cochran, 1917–1965), an overly ambitious street kid, who rises to the top of the New York City’s mob world by murdering a top crime boss (Grant Withers, 1905–1959). In the end, Sante is targeted to be killed after testifying against fellow mobsters before a senate committee.

The timing of the film’s release capitalized on the televised McClellan Committee senate hearings in February, 1957, which gripped millions of viewers across the nation.  These hearings investigated the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on charges of corruption, racketeering and ties to the mob.

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