GEORGE RAFT (1895-1982), born George Ranft, grew up in New York's "Hell's Kitchen", the toughest neighborhood in the city. Future mobsters were his friends and neighbors. An aptitude for dancing was his escape from poverty and his road to Hollywood. He is almost as well known for the roles he turned down; Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon and Roy Earle in High Sierra.
Haven't you seen Scarface (1932)? Raft caught the public's fancy in his role supporting Paul Muni. His flipping a silver dollar throughout the film became his trademark.
Watch this and then see these other four films.
Nocturne (1946) Raft is a police detective in this underrated film noir, trying to solve the murder of a playboy artist. Raft gives a good performance as a good guy.
Bolero (1934) Raft portrays an egotistical nightclub dancer, determined to reach the top at all costs. Costars include Carole Lombard and Sally Rand.
Johnny Allegro (1949) Raft is a reformed criminal who winds up being hunted by bow toting George McCready. Excellent.
Some Like It Hot (1959) Raft gets to spoof his gangster roles in Billy Wilder's comic gem.
*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Mon, Oct 3 2005 / 15:21:37 PST