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The Glass Wall (1953)

 -  Drama  -  31 July 1953 (Finland)
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Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peter Kaban
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Maggie Summers
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Nancy
Douglas Spencer ...
Inspector Bailey
Robin Raymond ...
Tanya aka Bella Zakoyla
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Tom
Elizabeth Slifer ...
Mrs. Hinckley - Landlady
Richard Reeves ...
Eddie Hinckley
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Freddie Zakoyla (as Joseph Turkel)
Else Neft ...
Mrs. Zakoyla
Michael Fox ...
Inspector Toomey / Narrator
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Monroe - Taxi Driver (as Ned Booth)
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Zelda - Fat Woman
Juney Ellis ...
Girl friend
Jack Teagarden ...
Musician
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Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to legal entry in the United States. It is a race against time for if he can't Tom within 24 hours and prove his case, he will be branded a fugitive and will be permanently disqualified for U.S. citizenship. His quest leads him to befriending Maggie, a down-on-her-luck factory worker whom he rejuvenates through his good faith; a visit to a jazz club where Shorty Rogers and his band and trombonist Jack Teagarden are playing, and an interlude with a good- hearted burlesque dancer, Tanya Zakoyla, takes him to her mother's home for food and rest. The climax comes at dawn in the United Nations building (the "glass wall" of the title) where he goes to plead his case and that of all displaced persons. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE 10-HOUR MANHUNT...that tore New York apart!

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31 July 1953 (Finland)  »

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In 1953, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Jack McCall Desperado (1953) starring George Montgomery. See more »

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During his first solo, trombonist Jack Teagarden's hand movements don't match the music on the soundtrack. See more »

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Mrs. Zakoyla: Don't forget, your dead father was a lousy foreigner!
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Immigration adventure gone bad...
14 August 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Peter ( Vittorio Gassman) and Maggie (Gloria Grahame) show what can happen to immigrants that arrive here without proper papers. He has a loophole that he thinks he can use to be admitted to the country, but without enough information, this plan isn't going to work... Grahame had JUST made "the Bad and the Beautiful, which won her an Oscar; she often played the rough, gritty, sexy type that seemed to find trouble of some sort. Keep an eye out for Jerry Paris (we all know him as Dick Van Dyke's next door neighbor/dentist), directed a whole lot of TV shows in the 1960s and 1970s. Here he plays "Tom", someone from Peter's past who can help him if he can be located. Also some great photography (real or stock footage...?) of the crowded, rough and tumble, glizty well-lit Times Square from the 1950s, before Disney bought the whole block. A good, well told story, even if there are a couple of unbelievable moments here and there, like in the taxi cab.... Written and directed by Maxwell Shane, who mostly stuck to writing, but also produced and directed a few things from 1930 - 1960.


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