Baby Face Morgan (1942)
Excuse me, Mister Rogers (Robert Armstrong). But do you remember what we did to that chump, Edward Morgan (Richard Cromwell)? You know. Like how we tricked him into believing we're currently running a legitimate 'insurance company', when in actual fact we've made him the head of his dead father's 'protection racket'! Well, boss. I think we've made a big mistake here. And I do mean a really big mistake.
You see, the other day I heard that Edward and his cousin Olli (Chick Chandler) somehow managed to visit one of our 'clients' -- some dame called Virginia (Mary Carlisle) -- and sold her an insurance policy to cover for what we've been doing to her haulage business. And then, when she eventually claimed on her policy, he ended up paying her back the money we stole from her in the first place.
So, Mister Rogers, how are we going to get ourselves out of this mess, eh? I mean, we can't go to the police, can we? That would be ridiculous! And we can't go to the rest of the crime syndicate either, especially since we're trying to hide Edward away from them.
But then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all goes for broke when you tap me on my shoulder and say, 'Hey! Don't worry about a thing, Willie (Warren Hymer). Cause I'm sure Joe (Ralf Harolde) can put a stop to this situation even if we can't'. As a private dick gets his head slapped - a fake mob-boss gets his toe-capped - a double cross jumps around like a bunny - and at the end of the day, come on punk, show me the money!
In my most humble opinion I'd say 'Baby Face Morgan' is one truly marvellous film. Honestly, my friends. It was well acted. It was well structured. And it was well funny to boot. In fact the only thing I found wrong with it was to do with the quality of its print. Because on occasion the screen was a bit blurry, making it difficult for me to read some of the spinning headlines it had on offer.
Now from a narrative point of view I'd say this tale is about a gang of jovial crooks who mistakenly hire the son of their deceased boss -- as played by Richard Cromwell -- and make him think they run a legitimate insurance company. However, after a bit of clowning around -- loved that scene where Rich and the gang tried to make up a theme tune by the way -- the son in question then tries to bolster his role by reaching out to one of his new clients -- that one being his eventual love interest, as played by Mary Carlisle. And then to make matters even more confusing, she subsequently disillusions him into pitting himself against his own 'other self' -- so to speak.
So yeah. That's right, dear readers. It is the type of film where you get your enjoyment from the 'main lead' going astray at every given turn, thus making the general narrative even funnier to watch.
What's more, I also have to applaud each of the actors for playing there parts very-very distinctly. Robert Armstrong played the 'under boss' with a nice air of authority about him. Chick
Overall I'd say 'Baby Face Morgan' is a truly forgotten crime caper classic. Not only was it very funny to watch, but it also managed to tell a farcical adventure anyone would love to spend some time with. Even a gangster posing as an insurance salesman!
A great film. Nuff said.
THE RATING: A