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City of Shadows (1955)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  2 June 1955 (USA)
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Dan Mason, a twelve-year-old newsboy, is an expert at figuring all the angles; so, when Kink, veteran bartender at Billy's Steak House, catches him winning a big jackpot in the battered old... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Big Tim Channing
John Baer ...
Dan Mason
Kathleen Crowley ...
Fern Fellows
Tony Finetti
Linda Fairaday
Richard Reeves ...
Angelo Di Bruno
Paul Maxey ...
Davis, Disbarred Lawyer
District Attorney Hunt
Richard Travis ...
Phil Jergins
Kay E. Kuter ...
Bartender Kink (as Kay Kuter)
Roy Fellows
Fern Hall ...
Miss Hall


Dan Mason, a twelve-year-old newsboy, is an expert at figuring all the angles; so, when Kink, veteran bartender at Billy's Steak House, catches him winning a big jackpot in the battered old slot machines that belong to seedy Tim Channing, he not only defies them to do anything about it but shows Tim how he can corner the slot-machine racket and, at the same time, put his big-racketeer competitors Tony Finetti and Angelo Di Bruno out of the running. Thusly begins a partnership between the larcenous---but big-hearted---Tim and the precocious newsboy that lasts and prospers while he is growing up. Reaching college age Dan studies law, showing a greater aptitude for finding loopholes in the law than an inclination to uphold it, despite the advice of his law-school Dean and the wholesome companionship of his roommate Roy Fellows, whose father is a retired judge. But Dan meets Roy's sister Fern and his family, and the sincerity and friendliness of Roy's parents and the open adoration of ... Written by Les Adams <>

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THE BABY-FACE MOUTHPIECE...His "legal" education came from slot machines and law school! See more »


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2 June 1955 (USA)  »

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Allarme sezione omicidi  »

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a '50's Gangster movie with all the low-budget trimmings
1 January 2001 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

Victor McLaglen has a ball as Big Tim Channing in this forgotten, yet enjoyable, 1950's gangster movie. With all the stand-by's (Frank Ferguson as crusading D.A., Paul Maxey as crooked lawyer, Anthony Caruso as a two-bit thug), this "B" actioner delivers what you would expect, and a bit more. It probably was intended to elevate the career of its lead, John Baer. As such pretty boys go, he's not too bad, but I never heard of him again. Still, it's a good way to kill an hour and change.

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