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Alfred L. Werker
A teenager (Sal Mineo) fights to retain his dignity and self-respect against the brutality, sadism and cynicism of the "big guys" around him in the brutal world of a Georgia orphanage. The young man soon becomes involved with an escaping convict from a nearby prison. Through his experience with the convict - a man unjustly sentenced - he finds within himself the strength to stand up to those who abuse their power and hopefully restore his confidence. Written by
You're never sure what's really going on in "The Young Don't Cry", but there is enough symbolism to shake a stick at. Sensitive teenager Sal Mineo (as Leslie "Les" Henderson) walks softly on screen, carrying a big one (a stick, that is), and encounters a snake-in-the-grass. Fortunately, some work-released prisoners are digging a ditch nearby, and hard-nosed convict James Whitmore (as Rudy Krist) saves Mr. Mineo from being bitten by the rattlesnake. Mineo "bonds" with Mr. Whitmore immediately; their locking eyes are perhaps meant to convey, "You saved my life, I'm yours," since it doesn't look like, "I owe you one."
Later in the running time, Mineo gets a chance to "help" Whitmore - but, with decidedly different results...
Meanwhile, back at Georgia's "Brockton Orphanage for Boys", nice guy Mineo plays "big brother" to little Leland Mayforth (as Allan) and mixes it up with bully Paul Carr (as Tom Bradley). As it turns out, the stick Mineo was carrying in the opening was the mast of a boat he's been building. Later, Whitmore contemplates Mineo's ship for an escape attempt
The orphanage is excited by the arrival of former resident Gene Lyons (as Max Cole).
Mr. Lyons grew up to become a multi-millionaire; and, he also married whistle-inducing blonde Dolores "Roxanne" Rosedale (as Maureen). This makes Mr. Lyons a perfect role model for the "Brockton" orphans, especially manipulative Thomas A. Carlin (as Johnny Clancy). During Mr. Lyons' visit, young Carr's bullying "Bradley" steals the film, with a nicely performed outburst about some vaguely explained fishing trips. There are several other memorable performances, though. Writer Richard Jessup might have really had something, with this fine cast, had it been executed properly.
****** The Young Don't Cry (7/26/57) Alfred L. Werker ~ Sal Mineo, James Whitmore, Paul Carr, Thomas A. Carlin
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