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Studs Lonigan (1960)

 |  Drama  |  September 1960 (USA)
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A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Knight ...
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Kenny Killarney
Venetia Stevenson ...
Carolyn Craig ...
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Robert Casper ...
Dick Foran ...
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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While Studs Lonigan won't be remembered as a classic (or even barely remembered by anyone except ardent cinephiles), the talent behind it would feature significantly in later decades. One of the camera crew was respected cameraman Haskell Wexler, while the editor was one Verna Fields, who would pick up an Oscar for her work on Jaws. The score was written by one of film music's all-time greats, Jerry Goldsmith, in one of his first breakout scores, with the piano solos featured in it played by one Johnny Williams, who would shorten his name to John and carve out quite a reputation for himself in film music. In the cast list, there's Jack Nicholson. No more comment required. See more »

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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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