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 ...
Carolyn Craig ...
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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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Orator: Healthy men out of work, and why? Because of the machine! The machine has got to go! And men gotta start working with their hands again. The good book says so, men shall work by the sweat of their brow. So let's get rid of the machine! Get the automobile off the streets and get back to the horse! Get rid of the automobile, the telephone, and high heels. Yeah, I said so, high heels! 'Cause that's another thing wrecking civilization. Take women off their high heels, put them back in the kitchen ...
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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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