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Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 1 September 1957 (USA)
A brave longshoreman lingers on after being gunned down by 3 racketeers, as a determined assistant D.A. searches hard for fearful witnesses against the men.

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William "Bill" Keating
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Madge Pitts
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John Jacob Masters
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Daisy 'Dee' Pauley
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Al Dahlke
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Lt. Anthony Vosnick
Sam Levene ...
Howard Rysdale
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Solly Pitts
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Benjy Karp
Nick Dennis ...
Midget Dock Worker
Joe Downing ...
Eddie 'Cockeye' Cook
Ned Wever ...
Captain Sid Wallace
Billy M. Greene ...
Monk Mohler
John McNamara ...
Judge Craiger
Amzie Strickland ...
Mrs. Cavanagh
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Three men gun down Solly Pitts, 'rebel' against the racket-ridden Longshoremen's Union. Before dying, Pitts tells his wife 'Cockeye' Cook was one of the killers...but won't repeat it to the police, nor will anyone else help them. It seems it's a dockyard tradition to handle private battles without help. Bill Keating, new to the D.A.'s office, is just naive enough to think he can make a case against Cook; but his efforts seem to be leading only to further violence... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Teeming Drama of the City's Waterfront (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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1 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Drei Schritte vor der Hölle  »

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1.37 : 1
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Hedy Lamarr had a sizable supporting role that was deleted in post-production. See more »

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Even though the story takes place in December and January in New York City, the sun is always shining, all the principals are dressed in lightweight clothing, and there is no sign of snow or winter conditions anywhere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Love & War: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1994) See more »

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Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Music by Richard Rodgers
Arranged by Herschel Burke Gilbert
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Realistic rackets-busting drama
7 February 2000 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Based on fact, and hewing closely to a book co-authored by the central character Keating, this movie is based on more or less the real people portrayed in On the Waterfront -- there's even a priest-- only without Brando and without the romance. Egan as Keating is a bit of a stiff. I think the real Keating was more of a rebel. Great title music, an old Rodgers & Hart tune first used in "On Your Toes" for a comic dance number. Still, not much Slaughter and not much Tenth Avenue either. (The real life incident at the beginning took place on Grove Street in Greenwich Village, but "Slaughter on Grove Street" wouldn't sound right, I guess.)


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