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About half way through, when the truck drives forward into the ally past the union 'picketers' towards the elevator. After they kill Tulio the truck is inexplicably turned-around (without room in the ally to turn around) and drives forward out of the ally the same way it came in. See more »
Director Sherman effectively dovetails the lives of the Haves and the Have Nots in New York's famed garment district. For its time (1957), this was a film that attracted an adult audience and delicately handled a very adult subject matter (think "On the Waterfront," but not quite as sophisticated).
Loggia, Scala and Boone deliver memorable performances. Matthews is generally flat, and even Cobb seems uninvolved with the proceedings.
The breast feeding scene and the expletive statement "Go to Hell!" voiced by Matthews during a bitter fist fight with Boone demonstrate that the Code was cracking; both scenes are well done and not exploitive.
The violence is often brutal and anything but subtle.
The all-too-few location scenes are nicely juxtaposed with the studio shots.
The film's down side is that the factory floor and union meeting sets are much too small and do not include enough people to give the moments a sense of realism.
Keep in mind that this film would have been taboo in Hollywood five years earlier with HUAC and the very real threat of blacklisting.
See it for Scala, Loggia and Boone.
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