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The Cry Baby Killer (1958)

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Nicholson makes his film debut as a juvenile delinquent, who panics when he thinks he's committed murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Lauter ...
Police Lt. Porter
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Jimmy Wallace
Carolyn Mitchell ...
Carole Fields
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Manny Cole
Lynn Cartwright ...
Julie
Ralph Reed ...
Joey
John Shay ...
Police Officer Gannon
Barbara Knudson ...
Mrs. Maxton
William A. Forester ...
Carl Maxton
John Weed ...
Police Sgt. Reed
Frank Richards ...
Pete Gambelli
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Mr. Wallace
James Fillmore ...
Al
Smoki Whitfield ...
Sam (as Jordan 'Smoki' Whitfield)
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Rick Connor
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17-year-old Jimmy Walker is brutally beaten by Manny Cole and two of his teen-age punk friends, Joey and Al, because Manny wants to move in on Jimmy's girl, Carole Fields. Later, Jimmy shows up at the hangout of the teenage crowd to take Carole away, and challenges Manny to a fight. Manny's two buddies move in with brass knuckles, and one of them pulls a pistol, which falls to the ground in the scuffle. Jimmy picks it up and shoots Manny and Al. A police officer orders Jimmy to surrender, but he panics, thinking he killed the pair, and dives into a small storeroom, and holds Sam and Mrs. Maxton and her small infant baby hostages. Police Lieutenant Porter and others plead with Jimmy to surrender and release the hostages, but the terrified Jimmy threatens Sam and Mrs. Maxton with death if they break out. A large crowd gathers and almost breaks through the police lines to storm the storeroom. Porter decides to use tear gas, with a rescue unit standing by to help Mrs. Maxton and her baby.... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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YESTERDAY a Teenage Rebel... TODAY a mad-dog slayer!

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17 August 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ena pistoli, ena fili, mia dolofonia  »

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Roger Corman has claimed that this was the first film he released that didn't make money, although he subsequently earned his costs back by selling the television rights. See more »

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Jack Nicholson had an interesting film debut in The Cry Baby Killer
21 September 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

So after watching this movie, another curiosity was sated: I got to see Jack Nicholson's first film and find out if it was any good. Well, it's not too bad and since it's only an hour, not too much time was wasted watching it. Nicholson certainly does well when he becomes desperate enough to hold up a woman with a baby and a middle-aged black man hostage after shooting at a couple of punks who beat him up at the beginning of the movie. Roger Corman was the executive producer only here so there's not much of his creative hand in the finished product though it was interesting seeing his cameo when he briefly talks to the TV reporter before he was going on the air to broadcast the standoff. So on that note, The Cry Baby Killer is worth a look for any Nicholson completists.


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