King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein
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King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein
David Janssen is hardly perfect casting for the role of 1920s gambling king Arnold Rothstein (Rod Steiger or Gene Barry may have been better choices), but the sure-handed direction of Joseph Newman smooths over all the rough spots in this fanciful biopic. Set up in the gambling business by crooked politico Jack Carson, Rothstein cheats his partner Mickey Shaughnessy, cheats on his lovely wife Dianne Foster, and does his best to discredit his bitterest enemy, on-the-take police detective Dan O'Herlihy. When O'Herlihy engineers the death of Rothstein's pal Mickey Rooney, Rothstein… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Low key gangster saga about a crook who's more a brainy con-man than tough guy."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"David Janssen is miscast in this fictionalized, B-level bio of the Jewish gangster, but the supporting cast is god."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Plodding biopic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews