Not too many people have had their life stories filmed while they were still alive, but George Raft's life reads like a series of show-business plots. Ray Danton, who bears no resemblance to Raft, wisely foregoes any attempt at duplication and seeks to create his own interpretation of
the well-known actor. Danton is at first a dancer in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood who works in a gangster-owned nightspot where he becomes friendly with all the lowlifes and highbrows who frequent the place. (It may be apocryphal, but some believe that it was Raft's character that was
the basis for the movie star in COTTON CLUB.) When a lecherous crime boss lusts after a com...