MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 41,187 this week

Crime in the Streets (1956)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 632 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 10 critic

Social worker tries to befriend local slum gang.

Director:

(as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

(story), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 21 Sep 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 27 Dec 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 18 Mar 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 22 Dec 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Crime in the Streets (1956)

Crime in the Streets (1956) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Crime in the Streets.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Producer Walter Wanger, who had just been released from a prison term after shooting a man he believed was having an affair with his wife, wanted to make a film about the appalling ... See full summary »

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen
The Lineup (1958)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel
Drama | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Remake of "To Have and Have Not" based on Hemingway short story. Plot reset to early days of Cuban revolution. A charter boat skipper gets entangled in gunrunning scheme to get money to pay... See full summary »

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Audie Murphy, Eddie Albert, Patricia Owens
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally
Madigan (1968)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan ... See full summary »

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman
The Verdict (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Helped by socialite Janice Kendon and barkeeper Scott O'Brien, Arizona deputy sheriff Les Martin works to solve three brutal murders in and around the Grand Canyon. His efforts leads to the... See full summary »

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw, Mickey Shaughnessy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An American architect traveling in Madrid falls in love with his interpreter but is faced by a jealous lover who follows them.

Directors: Luis Marquina, Don Siegel
Stars: Carmen Sevilla, Richard Kiley, José Guardiola
Certificate: Passed Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Lawyer defends migrant worker falsely accused of 2 murders.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Dolores Moran
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two brothers, enrolled at the U.S. Naval Academy on the verge of the Korean War, fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: John Derek, Diana Lynn, Kevin McCarthy
Hound-Dog Man (1959)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Fabian, Stuart Whitman, Carol Lynley
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Ben Wagner
...
...
...
Mrs. Dane
Peter J. Votrian ...
Richie Dane (as Peter Votrian)
Will Kuluva ...
Mr. Gioia
...
Mr. McAllister
Denise Alexander ...
Maria Gioia
Dan Terranova ...
Peter Miller ...
The Fighter
Steve Rowland ...
...
Edit

Storyline

On a city's mean streets, the boys join gangs at 15. Frankie leads the Hornets: he's 18, seething, coiled. When a neighbor goes to the cops after seeing one of the Hornets with a zip gun, Frankie vows to kill the old guy, hatching a plan using Lou, who smiles and smokes, and "Baby," the 15-year-old son of an immigrant shopkeeper. Ben Wagner, the social worker at a neighborhood settlement house, gets wind of the plan and tries to break through to Frankie. Frankie's brother Richie, who's about 12, worships and fears Frankie; he also figures out what his brother is up to. Is Frankie doomed to crash and burn at 18? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

How Can You Tell Them To Be Good When Their Girl Friends Like Them Better When They're Bad! See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

10 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bűn utcái  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Frankie Dane: [seeing Ben in his room] Whatta yuh want up here? Nobody asked you.
Ben Wagner: I don't want anything. I... was just downstairs and realized I never seen your place before.
Frankie Dane: [sarcastically] Well, feast your eyes tonight. It's staight out of Hollywood.
Ben Wagner: That's a pretty lousy place.
See more »

Connections

References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mean Streets
17 October 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Working on a painfully thin budget from Allied Artists, Don Siegel managed to fashion an urban tale of violence and juvenile delinquency in Crime In The Streets. The urban sets remind me a lot of Otto Preminger's The Man With A Golden Arm which came out a year before. And the delinquents aren't romanticized as they are in West Side Story.

James Whitmore stars as a local social worker working out of a settlement house who keeps his ear to the ground for any rumblings of a rumble on the mean streets of his urban neighborhood. With two gangs, the Hornets and the Dukes, he's got his hands full.

It's the Hornets here that concern the viewer of Crime In The Streets. They have a charismatic leader in young John Cassavetes who at 27 is way too old to be playing an 18 year old, but so did most of the kids look way too old in Glenn Ford's class in The Blackboard Jungle. Cassavetes is repeating his role from this same story made as television drama two years earlier. Also repeating are Mark Rydell as one of Cassavetes lieutenants who really isn't wrapped too tight and Will Kulava as Sal Mineo's father.

When local citizen Malcolm Atterbury reports one of their peers for having a zip gun, Cassavetes sets in motion a plan to kill him. Mineo and Rydell are in on it. Whitmore gets wind of it and does what he can to stop it.

Don Siegel gets good performances out of his ensemble cast. One player I failed to mention is Virginia Gregg who may have gotten her career role as the mother of Cassavetes and Peter Votrian. Cassavetes she feels is a lost cause, she's concerned about Votrian who idolizes his brother and might get into the gang culture. Gregg is great example of one who was probably a battered wife when she had a husband living in the place and one who is too shell shocked to deal with her rebellious son.

Though it's dated Crime In The Streets is still entertaining and it's a good sociological treatise on juvenile delinquency.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Mark Rydell gives off a gay vibe in this one taggerez
Sal Mineo Blondfashionisto
Seperated at birth? leroykevin
Frankie's Sensitivity richsass
Teenage girls dancing with guys in the street mlraymond
So Dated with the 50s slang kmandew
Discuss Crime in the Streets (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?