William Saroyan's Pulitzer Prize-winning play revolves around the denizens of a San Francisco bar in 1939. Lonely, lovelorn, weary or cynical, the characters drift in and out of the bar and... See full summary »
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Joe spends a lot of his time at Nick's Pacific Street Saloon. Tom, who credits Joe with once saving his life, stops by regularly to run errands for Joe. Today, Tom notices a woman named Kitty when she comes into Nick's, and he quickly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, a distraught young man repeatedly calls his girlfriend, begging her to marry him. Nick himself muses on all the various persons who come into his bar, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time. Written by
Thanks to Turner Classic Movies I was able to see this movie again. Saroyan has in this essentially one scene play (movie) a series of fascinating characters. Each one an individual , mostly male, characters that are the salt of the earth. Some strong some weak and impressionable. Some with a lifetime of adventure, some in the middle and others that are at the beginning steps of their life. There's story and a theme in this movie somewhere. The viewer must find it for themselves. Wistful dreams search for romance and a craving for adventure are the themes that I've observed. Find a theme and a purpose for this wonderful film. Just watch it.
Cagney is at his best in this movie. Very different from his usual tough guy or song and dance man. All of the characters center around him and directs and guides some of their lives. A true wise and and venerable philosopher.
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