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The Garment Jungle (1957)





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Based on a series of "expose" articles by Lester Velie, The Garment Jungle stars Lee J. Cobb as self-made dress factory owner Walter Mitchell. Resisting all efforts to unionize his shop, Mitchell finds himself under increased pressure from dedicated shop steward Tulio Renata (Robert Loggia). Unfortunately, Mitchell's anti-union stance plays right into the hands of protection racketeers, resulting in a brace of brutal and unecessary murders. With such powerhouse performers as Cobb, Richard Boone, Gia Scala, Harold J. Stone and Joseph Wiseman on hand, nominal leading man Kerwin Mathews (cast as Mitchell's sensitive son) seems rather lost; Mathews was seen to better advantage in the like-vintage Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. Officially directed by Vincent Sherman, The Garment Jungle was heavily gone over before its release by uncredited director Robert Aldrich. It is difficult to tell where Sherman left off and Aldrich began, though reports indicate that Aldrich helmed most of the scenes involving Mitchell's girlfriend Lee Hackett (Valerie French). Best scene: the elevator murder.


Lee J. Cobb
as Walter Mitchell
Kerwin Mathews
as Alan Mitchell
Gia Scala
as Theresa Renata
Richard Boone
as Artie Ravidge
Valerie French
as Lee Hackett
Robert Loggia
as Tulio Renata
Wesley Addy
as Mr. Paul
Willis Bouchey
as Dave Bronson
Robert Ellenstein
as Fred Kenner
Celia Lovsky
as Tulio's mother
Ellie Kent
as Stephanie
Gloria Pall
as Fitting Model
Madelyn Darrow
as Models On Line
Jann Darlyn
as Models On Line
June Kirby
as Models On Line
Jean Lewis
as Receptionist
Joan Granville
as Girl Operator
Irene Seidner
as Old Lady Operator
Hal Taggart
as Salesman
Paul Knight
as Salesman
Paul Weber
as Salesman
Donald Kirke
as Salesman
Paul Power
as Salesman
Archie Savage
as Elevator Operator
Sid Melton
as Male Operator
Bob Hopkins
as Bartender
Betty Koch
as High Fashion Model
Frank Marlowe
as Onlooker
Diane DeLaire
as Head Seamstress
George Robotham
as Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Garment Jungle

All Critics (2)

Two or three individual scenes imbued with harsh newsreel clarity fail to atone for the steamy melodrama of this story.

November 12, 2019 | Full Review…

A powerful film on the influence of racketeers in the garment industry.

December 7, 2004 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Garment Jungle


This film is part of the Martini Movie collection and it is an excellent movie with a huge cast of great actors from the fifties. About the garment district in New York City where at one time all dresses were made, The union is sweeping the garment district but there are a few hold outs, and those holding out are paying the mob for protection, one owners son comes home from the war and is determined to clean up his fathers business. The movies in the Martini Collection are outstanding and this one should not be missed. 4 1/2 stars

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