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Give Us This Day (1949)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  21 July 1950 (West Germany)
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One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
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Lea Padovani ...
Kathleen Ryan ...
Kathleen
Charles Goldner ...
Luigi
Bonar Colleano ...
Julio
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Giovanni (as Bill Sylvester)
George Pastell ...
The lucy (as Nino Pastellides)
Philo Hauser ...
Head of Pig
Sidney James ...
Murdin
Karel Stepanek ...
Jaroslav
Ina De La Haye ...
Dame Katarina
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Julio's wife
Ronan O'Casey ...
Bastian
Robert Rietty ...
Pietro
Charles W. Moffett Jr. ...
Pasquale (as Charles Moffat)
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One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to tell a Congressional Committee whether or not he was, or had ever been, a member of the Communist Party. This is a 'runaway production' shot in England for political reasons and not for the usual USA tax-break reasons. Geremio, a young Italian immigrant to New York City, works as a bricklayer and is courting an Italian girl, Annunziata, by mail. He lies to her that he owns his own home and, after they are married, has to rent one for their three-day honeymoon. The years pass and they are unable to save enough money to get out of their slum tenement, and the 1929 depression brings even harder times to the family that now includes three children. Geremio, in order to make enough money to care for his family, exploits his "comrades" in dangerous construction work. This practice leads to the accidental ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Italian/American bricklayer rises to foreman during the depression years with tragic results.
10 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hounded out of the States as a Commie (fellow DGA member Sam Wood outed him), Edward Dmytryk actually made (in the U.K.) that left-leaning agit-prop proletariat 'noir' HUAC vainly searched Hollywood for. The film never got a proper American release, Dmytryk returned, 'named names,' served time, & found himself upgraded to 'A' projects which never lived up to his promising early 'B' stuff. Pietro Di Donato's once influential novel tells a fatalistic story of an Italian/American brick layer, always on the verge of better times, who loses his soul when he rises to foreman during tough depression times. Dmytryk does some impressive work within the restrictions of an indie U.K. production, but he's ultimately defeated by a twice too earnest script and a lackluster cast that has to work overtime to fake that Brooklyn flavor. Five years on, another HUAC alumni, Elia Kazan, would get this sort of thing right in ON THE WATERFRONT, which you may have heard of.


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