To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil ... See full summary »

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Lil
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Francis Sullivan
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Axel P. Johanson
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Tim Grogan
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Adeline
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Dunne
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The Governor
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Lilah Letterby
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Father
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Dr. Lazarus
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Kitty
Merie Earle ...
Granny
Claudia Bryar ...
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Virgil Harvey
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To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil takes him under her wing, gives him a room in her high-class bordello, and gets him a job at a newspaper. He's so sweet and dumb, he thinks Lil's is a boarding house. He's soon caught up in an electoral struggle between a secretly corrupt reformer and an openly corrupt councilman. Can Ben expose corruption or will he be caught up in allure of power? An alcoholic investigative reporter and the bordello's ingénue try to help him grow up. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ben Harvey's juices are all dammed up. See more »

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Rated R for brief nudity/sexual content | See all certifications »
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23 March 1970 (Denmark)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This was originally going to be produced by " Cleopatra " s Walter Wanger in 1964. See more »

Goofs

In a seduction scene, Melodie Johnson tears open Beau Bridges' shirt, revealing a smooth chest. They are interrupted by George Kennedy who chases Bridges out of the house. When Bridges turns to shout back at Kennedy, his shirt is still unbuttoned but there is hair all over his chest. See more »

Quotes

Ben Harvey: It all sex and money! Sex and money!
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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Tomorrow Is My Friend
Sung by Jimmie Rodgers
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Henry Mancini
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Read The Book
11 December 2000 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Ben Hecht wrote a book detailing his experiences as a reporter in Chicago during the early part of the century. It is more entertaining than this mix mash of a movie that jumps all over the place. The film has its moments. However, there are too few of them to see. The colorful characters that Hecht crossed paths with are watered down in this movie.


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