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Joe Martini
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Anna Malatesta
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Sylvio Malatesta
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Sgt. Jack Gillen
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Mama Malatesta
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Lt. Kilrain
Richard Monda ...
Peanuts Malatesta
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Rosa Cuneo
Herb Vigran ...
Charlie Cuneo (as Herburt Vigran)
Peggy Maley ...
Veda Pinelli
John Cliff ...
Father Giuseppe
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Chico Vejar ...
Frankie Pellatrini
Tito Vuolo ...
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Helen Wallace ...
Mother Catherine
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Beloved priest Father Thomasino is murdered in a San Francisco alley, and the police have few clues. But traffic cop Joe Martini becomes obsessed with finding the killer; he suspects Sylvio Malatesta. Ordered off the case, Joe turns in his badge and investigates alone. Soon he is a close friend of the Malatesta family, all delightful people, especially lovely cousin Anna. Uncertain whether Sylvio is guilty or innocent, Joe is now torn between old and new loyalties. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In August 1957, this film was being shown on a double bill with Tammy and the Bachelor (1957). See more »

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A very notable crime story
24 January 2006 | by (Barcelona (España)) – See all my reviews

When young, I saw this movie three or four times, and from then I have not seen more: not TV exhibits, not video edition (at least in my country) and no DVD edition (as I know). Instead, I keep a formidable memory of it: a crime story where the humanity of the characters reveals to be the most important thing: Tony Curtis searches a murderer, and takes friendship with Gilbert Roland, and fall in love with Roland's sister, Marisa Pavan. But Roland is the murderer that he has searched, and when he discovers that, explodes the human conflict --the friendship, the treason, the love-- and that gives the force of the film. Perhaps it is the masterpiece of Pevney, a modest director with some interesting movies, today forgotten in favour of others directors and movies not always betters than theirs. I wished that more people could see this film, and appreciate its valors and quality. A modest story of friendship and crime.


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