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Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Egan ...
William "Bill" Keating
Madge Pitts
John Jacob Masters
Daisy 'Dee' Pauley
Al Dahlke
Lt. Anthony Vosnick
Sam Levene ...
Howard Rysdale
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Solly Pitts
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


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 <>

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Release Date:

1 September 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drei Schritte vor der Hölle  »

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Aspect Ratio:

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


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 »


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


Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Music by Richard Rodgers
Arranged by Herschel Burke Gilbert
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Illegal waterfront labor activities, and young DA investigating the crimes.
28 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie about uncovering crime on the waterfront. Young DA catches a murder case, involving corrupt labor leaders. Richard Egan stars as the young DA, and does an excellent job. The movie has a steady pace, and is not full of the same old cliché's. Their is light comedy, with a lady that is afraid of aliens, the is very effective at keeping the tempo of the film changing. The ending is very exciting, and the musical score is great. All in all, a really fine movie-with good acting all around, an interesting and believable premise, and a well directed pace. If you love old movies, or just a good story, you'll love this one. I highly recommend it.

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