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The Cry Baby Killer (1958) - Plot Summary Poster

Plot Summary

  • 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. Jimmy is captured, but because he shot in self-defense, looks forward to leniency... and on such things 45-years-and-counting careers are born.

    - Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>
  • Nicholson makes his film debut as a juvenile delinquent, who panics when he thinks he's committed murder.

    - Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

Synopsis

The first motion picture starring Jack Nicholson starts with title and credits shown over a section of brick wall...

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