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Key Witness (1960)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Crime  -  6 October 1960 (USA)
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An average Los Angeles citizen witnesses a gang murder when he stops to use a telephone. Aware that he is the only witness against them, the gang members seek out his identity and terrorize... See full summary »

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Fred Morrow
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Ann Morrow
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William 'Cowboy' Tomkins
Joby Baker ...
Muggles
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Ruby
Johnny Nash ...
Apple
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Magician
Frank Silvera ...
Det. Rafael Torno
Bruce Gordon ...
Arthur Robbins
Terry Burnham ...
Gloria Morrow
Dennis Holmes ...
Phil Morrow
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Hilda Haynes ...
Apple's Mother (unconfirmed)
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An average Los Angeles citizen witnesses a gang murder when he stops to use a telephone. Aware that he is the only witness against them, the gang members seek out his identity and terrorize him and his family to keep him from testifying against them. Only by psychologically playing one gang member against the others is the man able to bring the police to his rescue. Written by Anonymous

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The wheel of fate carried these punks to a wild doom...(original poster) See more »

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6 October 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wölfe von Los Angeles  »

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This film is often considered to be the first neo-noir. See more »

Quotes

Magician: Who's on top?
Ruby: Until Cowboy gets back, I'm driving the car.
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Leatherjacket Cowboy
Written by Charles Wolcott
Performed by Charles Wolcott conducting the MGM Studio Orchestra
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A Must for Hopper fans!
19 August 2002 | by (TeXas) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. However, I enjoy all films of this particular genre. Black and whites film from the late 1950's/early 1960's. Plenty of hip looking individuals with snappy lingo. The detectives wear hats and the punks are bad news. It reminds me of "Blackboard Jungle" or some Stanley Kramer film.The story is about doing the right thing, even when the wrong thing is much easier to do. Moreover, you get to see a young Dennis Hopper do his early version of Frank Booth from "Blue Velvet." Good stuff in a retro kind of way.


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