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Never Love a Stranger (1958)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  22 June 1958 (USA)
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Following the life of an orphan and the events that change his life and lead him into a life of crime.

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Francis 'Frankie' Kane
Lita Milan ...
Julie Cabell
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'Silk' Fennelli
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Martin Cabell
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Moishe Moscowitz
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Douglas Rodgers ...
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Felice Orlandi ...
Bert
Augusta Merighi ...
Mrs. Cozzolina
Vincent Barbi ...
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Abe Simon ...
'Fats' Crown
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Frances Kane (as Dolores Vitina)
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Frankie Kane is brought up in a Catholic orphanage and befriends Martin Cabell, a Jewish law student whose sister Julie becomes Frankie's sweetheart. At sixteen, Frankie learns that he is himself Jewish and therefore has to be moved to a Jewish home. That prospect proves so awful that he runs away - and goes bad. Years later, he returns to the district and gets involved with a crime syndicate that his old pal Martin, now assistant district attorney, has pledged to clean up. Frankie however, bumps in to Julie again and, finding he still loves her, decides to help the straight-shooting Martin smash the syndicate. Written by alfiehitchie

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Autopsia di un gangster  »

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In the opening scene of the movie (the scene is titled on-screen as "New York 1912"), Frances Kane is shown walking down a city street toward the midwife's home. In the far background to the left is the rear of a parked car from the 1950s. See more »

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Never Love a Stranger
Music by Raymond Scott
Lyrics by Lawrence Elow
Vocals by Dorothy Collins
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A real clunker

This film is painfully inept and should be avoided by all except lovers of camp. It's the oft-told story of the boyhood friends--where one goes straight and the other becomes a crook. For a vastly better version of the story, watch "Manhattan Melodrama." In "Never Love a Stranger," the dialogue is incredibly wooden and the plot contrivances both silly and obvious. Really, I don't know why I watched to the end except that I was hoping for a good courtroom scene, but none ever materialized.


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