Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In his first starring role in several years, Robert Armstrong essays a dual role in Gangs of the Waterfront. Armstrong is seen as ruthless gangster Dutch Malone, who happens to be the exact double of mild-mannered taxidermist Peter Winkly. Hoping to avenge the death of his brother at Dutch's hands, Winkly poses as the gang boss, with the covert assistance of DA Brady (William Forrest). One of the curiouser bits of casting finds Martin Kosleck, usually seen in wartime films as Joseph Goebbels, as an Italian gangsters. Filmgoers with long memories would note that Gangs of the Waterfront bore a resemblance to the 1935 Edward G. Robinson vehicle The Whole Town's Talking.
revenge, family-member, impersonation, gangster