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This film was first telecast in Chicago Friday 15 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Los Angeles Tuesday 19 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Altoona PA 18 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 13 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 11 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Honolulu 28 August 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Seattle 25 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland 5 December 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in San Francisco 28 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Tampa 29 January 1958 on WFLA (Channel 8); but in New York City its earliest documented airing did not take place until 19 July 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
Traditional Italian folksong
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But they do need someone to make sure the script works and a director who can deal with zigs. Joseph Calleia -- best known as the heavy in GILDA --gets a chance to star in this programmer as a lawyer who joins the political machine and then fights it. He is especially fine in a couple of underplayed small scenes.
He is ably abetted by fine supporting actors like Jonathan Hale, Ted Healy and the always wonderful Thomas Mitchell. But the story veers and rushes off two thirds of the way through and before you can catch your breath, it's over. Was this originally broached as a vehicle for someone like Spencer Tracy and then bounced down? Director Marin never got out of the B movies, and his inability to direct Calleia in the second half shows why. Visually the picture is fine, with the usual MGM gloss. But even the best character actor needs the occasional hint from his director, and it looks like Marin could not supply it.
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