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Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)

Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yale Wexler ...
Jim Bowers
Jonathan Haze ...
Julian 'Ves' Vespucci (as Jonathon Haze)
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Nick Raymond (as Morris Miller)
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Kathy
Allen Kramer ...
Danny
Herman Rudin ...
Mitch Swardurski
Philip Mansour ...
Lenny Potter (as Phillip Mansour)
Frank Harding ...
Capt. Richard R. Allen
William Shaw ...
Chuck (as Bill Shaw)
Andrew J. Fenady ...
Stan (as A.J. Fenady)
Slate Harlow ...
Officer Lynn Donahue
Herschel Bernardi ...
Mr. Fennel
Carol Nelson ...
Nick's girl
Edward Schaaf ...
Samuel Alber (as Ed Schaff)
Matt Resnick ...
Sgt. Fred Matthews
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Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged to a drug dealer who killed two narcotics agents in a shootout, they go back to look for the can, find it, and decide to go into the heroin selling business. However, the drug dealer's gang also wants the heroin, finds out the boys have it, and sets out to hunt them down and get back their dope. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Warner Bros pours the first blazing spotlight into the hidden night world of kids on the crime path of "the hooked"! See more »

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3 May 1958 (USA)  »

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De straat der verdoving  »

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$35,000 (estimated)
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Feature film debut for director Irvin Kershner. See more »

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Officer Lynn Donahue: Nick and Ves had passed the earlier part of the afternoon looking at clothes, sporting equipment, bongo drums, and other racy items for kids their age.
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Kershner directs Corman feature
13 November 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly strong AIP feature, a first for Irvin Kershner as writer and director. Although stylistically it seems, at first sight, little more than an expanded DRAGNET episode in which you get to see the criminals' viewpoints, this largely no-name cast gives a bunch of decent performances with some well-written characters.

The feature is about a group of rather clueless teenagers -- who appear to use all their off-screen time body building -- who discover a cannister of heroin. Neither hard core criminals nor saints, they want all the things that society says they should want, and are not choosy about how they go about getting it.

The writing and direction are stronger than the acting, but the overall effect is quite striking. Definitely worth your time.


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