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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 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
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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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"You squares stay pure - not me! This is a round-the-world ticket and a dame 10 feet tall !" 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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Gritty low-budget film noir about teens and drugs...
13 November 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A jazz score accompanies the soundtrack of this gritty story about three teens who get involved with drugs (heroin supply) and then try to make a deal with a druggie who can turn over some cash for whatever amount they come up with. Meanwhile, some drug dealers are also after the drugs and will stop at nothing to find out where the teens have stashed the goods.

The no name cast is headed by YALE WEXLER as the more sensitive one who decides the drug heist should be handed over to the cops--but by the time he makes this decision it's too late and the dealers have already trapped his friends and beat them up. He manages to elude them when they pursue him on a climactic chase that forms the climax of the story.

Interesting, gritty and worthwhile if you're a film noir buff, but nothing extraordinary. The only reason I watched it was because I had seen the screen test of YALE WEXLER for the role of "Ben-Hur" in 1959 and wondered if he ever pursued an acting career after losing that role. Evidently, he did. He gives a convincing performance here and so does the rest of the cast.


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