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Crime in the Streets (1956)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  10 June 1956 (USA)
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Social worker tries to befriend local slum gang.

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Ben Wagner
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Mrs. Dane
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Richie Dane (as Peter Votrian)
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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>

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social worker | gang | shopkeeper | fear | slum | See more »

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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10 June 1956 (USA)  »

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Frankie Dane: Look, what do you want out of me?
Ben Wagner: You're 18. I'd like to see you live until you're 21.
Frankie Dane: Why?
Ben Wagner: So you can vote.
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Juvenile Delinquency.
13 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Don Siegel directed this socially aware drama that stars James Whitmore as a local social worker doing his best to educate and dissuade the youth to not turn to a life of crime, and join a gang. There are two gangs to contend with, the Dukes & the Hornets, but it is the Hornets that concern him most since their leader(played by John Cassavetes) is bent on punishing the neighbor who identified one of his gang to the police for carrying a gun. Sal Mineo and Mark Rydell play followers of his, who get entangled in the revenge plot that Whitmore desperately tries to prevent, before lives are lost or futures ruined. Good direction and cast, but film is too preachy and obvious to succeed.


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