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Steve Kostain (Lund), nephew of the owner, begins working at a steel mill to learn the business from the bottom up. He rooms with a steel working family, the McNamaras, and falls for the daughter, "Red" (Sheridan), who is already involved with another steelworker, Jim (Duff.) Although he is at first has a hard time with his co-workers, he eventually wins them over, and also wins the girl. Written by
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STEEL TOWN is a neat little film about the boss' nephew who comes to town to work in a steel mill and learn the business. He also moves in on a local redhead, setting up a rivalry with a co-worker for her hand. The film has almost a documentary feel as it demonstrates steel production methods (filmed as Kaiser Steel's California plant) and makes good use of its color filming.
John Lund stars as Steve Kostane (the spelling on the company sign), the nephew who moves in with "Red" (Ann Sheridan) and her family, much to the consternation of Jim (Howard Duff). The two men battle for Red's favors but have to work together in the dangerous steel mill. We know from the getgo who will win, but it doesn't matter.
Co-stars include William Harrigan as the father with a bad heart, Eileen Crowe as the mother, James Best and Chick Chandler as co-workers, and best of all Nancy Kulp as the saucy, gum-chewing waitress Dolores who yells out each in a Brooklyn accent and always finishes with "and a cup of java." The Kaiser Steel mill in Fontana, California, is used as a filming site and as mentioned, a couple of Kaiser automobiles are prominent. Steve drives a white Kaiser DeLuxe sedan, and Jim drives the smaller model, the Henry J. The Kaiser auto company had brief success as a start-up company after World War II but discontinued producing passenger cars in 1955. Their Jeep continues in production.
Along with the cars, the film also promotes Fontana (near San Bernardino) and mentions Lake Arrowhead as a weekend destination as well as a retirement spot.
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