Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When ... See full summary »
"Docudrama" about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and its results, the recovering of the ships, the improving of defense in Hawaii and the US efforts to beat back the Japanese reinforcements.
A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when, as a young man, the dancer falls in love with a young woman the ... See full summary »
Matt Corbin, a vacationing magazine writer, takes a fishing trip to Minnesota, and stumbles across a lake in which all the fish have mysteriously died. The locals are tight-lipped about it,... See full summary »
Vice lord Dominic has brought Swifty Dorgan east to do a job for him. When Swifty appears to have died falling from a train, detective Henderson impersonates him hoping to get into the mob.... See full summary »
Edward F. Cline
Edward G. Robinson,
Prominent attorney Brad Mason takes on the defense of Rudi Walchek, a young hit-man hoodlum accused of murder. Convinced of the youthful thug's innocence, Mason get him acquitted. Later, he... See full summary »
Perry Lopez has problems in prison from Ted de Corsia and Leo Gordon
"The Steel Jungle" is quite a good film noir, set in a prison. It's not a prison story as such and doesn't follow the usual prison plots that involve riots, breakouts, new convicts getting indoctrinated, various prison types and stereotypes. It does have a corrupt guard, however (Gregory Walcott).
The cast has real depth. Perry Lopez stars. He's a bookie whose mob protection ran out and now he's in prison where the mob head, ruthless Ted de Corsia is too, with right hand man Leo Gordon. You'll know him when you see him, as he usually plays heavies as in "Riot in Cell Block 11", two years earlier. Lopez has a pregnant wife, Beverly Garland, a very fine actress who makes what she does look easy. Lopez finds a friend in prison shrink Kenneth Tobey, in a break from his sci-fi work of the 50s. The tough warden is Walter Abel.
Lopez is no rat, and he refuses to give up de Corsia or the mobsters. Still, he gets into a very difficult situation. Outside, his wife is having a difficult pregnancy and he really wants to get out to give her moral support. (By the way, Alison Hayes has a few scenes in a supporting role as a gal who lives down the hall from Garland and Lopez.) Inside, Lopez sees something he shouldn't and he's feeling pressure from de Corsia. Abel is pressuring him too. The story follows a number of tense twists and turns. Despite being somewhat predictable, it's surprisingly effective. Warner Brothers still had some style and meat to its crime stories as it did in earlier decades.
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