A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.

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Christopher Knight ...
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Kenny Killarney
Venetia Stevenson ...
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Robert Casper ...
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Patrick Lonigan
Katherine Squire ...
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Helen Westcott ...
Miss Julia Miller
Kathy Johnson ...
Frances Lonigan
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Charlie the Greek
Suzi Carnell ...
Madame Spivy ...
Mother Josephine (as Mme. Spivy)
Jim Drum ...
Jim Doyle
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A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.

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Father Gilhooey: What do you want out of life, William?
Studs Lonigan: I want Lucy Scanlan. Remember her?
Father Gilhooey: I baptised you both. Her family moved away years ago. Do you still see her?
Studs Lonigan: No. Lucy wanted me to be important. Well, I ain't never going to be important.
Father Gilhooey: Why not?
Studs Lonigan: Because I just ain't got what it takes. Because when they were passing out brains I didn't get my share.
Father Gilhooey: Do you think it's just a matter of brains?
Studs Lonigan: What else?
Father Gilhooey: I'm asking you.
Studs Lonigan: Well, ain't it?
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Studs as Dead End Kid
19 February 2007 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

I read the Studs Lonigan trilogy in the early Seventies and I was blown away by how James T. Farrell accurately described my own Irish-Catholic working-class background. I also saw the made-for-TV movie that was based on the novels when it came out in 1979. I didn't see the 1960 film until the late Eighties, and I had mixed feelings about it. I was surprised at how it had the feel of movies like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and the THE WILD ONE. I thought Christopher Knight was fine, if rather tormented as Studs, and Nicholson and Gorshin were fine as Weary Reilly and Kenny Kilarney. However, I wasn't wild about the happy ending of the movie. Studs Lonigan was suppose to die after living a pointless life. I also felt neither of the movie versions were able to effectively focus on the Dead End Kids or West Side Story aspect of Studs' south side of Chicago.


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