Was Humphrey Bogart playing a famous Jewish gangster in this overlooked film noir?

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Eighty years ago this month, Warner Brothers released “All Through the Night,” a comedy-drama about reformed gangster “Gloves” Donahue who, upon learning the German baker of his favorite cheesecake has been murdered, uncovers, attacks and breaks up a secret Nazi spy cell in New York’s Yorkville neighborhood with the help of his colorful Runyonesque criminal cohort.

Comically contrived, the underlying premise (i.e., “gangsters versus Nazis”) started with a story co-credited to “Leonard Q. Ross,” the nom de goy of Leo Rosten.

The Chicago-born Rosten, best known today for “The Joys of Yiddish,” was already a savvy sociology wunderkind when he took the literary world by storm in 1936 in a series of 30 feuilletons for The New Yorker about the exploits of a malapropic Yiddish-speaking night school attendee. The series resulted in a best-selling book, “The Education of HYMAN KAPLAN,” and, thereafter, a seemingly unbroken series of popular platforms for his curious, literate and enlightening explorations.

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Leo Rosten