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City of Shadows (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 2 June 1955 (USA)
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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Big Tim Channing
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Dan Mason
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Fern Fellows
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Tony Finetti
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Linda Fairaday
Richard Reeves ...
Angelo Di Bruno
Paul Maxey ...
Davis, Disbarred Lawyer
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District Attorney Hunt
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Phil Jergins
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Bartender Kink (as Kay Kuter)
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Roy Fellows
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Miss Hall
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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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The inside story of a criminal empire spawned on city streets...its laws executed in back alleys in bullets and blood See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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2 June 1955 (USA)  »

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Allarme sezione omicidi  »

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Standard "B" crime potboiler, a cut above many
27 May 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie is so low-budget, and the cast generates so much goodwill, that you have to be kind to it. Plot is nothing special, but told with enough of a twist, and with enough smiles, that it deserves notice. Victor MacLaglen is marvelous as an aging thug, and Nicholas Coster makes a striking debut as a young law student. Nothing special, but it moves fast, and you'll have a bit of fun with the production values and stock footage.


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