It's 1946 in Hell's Kitchen in New York City. Cosmo Carboni, the eldest of the three Carboni brothers, is lamenting what he sees as them not living up to their potential. Big talking Cosmo hustles and panhandles for money. Brooding Lenny Carboni, an injured veteran whose sullen attitude stems from his time in the war, is an undertaker. And youngest Victor Carboni, the simple muscle-man who wouldn't hurt a fly unless he's annoyed, is an iceman. Victor looks to Lenny and his Chinese-American girlfriend Susan Chow as his voices of reason. After Victor holds his own against wrestler Frankie the Thumper in an arm wrestling match, Frankie who is seen as the strongest man in the neighborhood, and after seeing the lucrative wrestling matches - which are more like street fights without rules - at the underground nightclub called Paradise Alley, Cosmo gets it into his head that wrestling may be Victor's calling and a way for them all to get out of Hell's Kitchen for good. The brothers would act... Written by
The Carboni Boys. They haul ice, lay out stiffs and dance with monkeys.
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Did You Know?
The film's opening title card read: "New York City 1946". The picture is set in New York's Hell's Kitchen and not Los Angele's Paradise Alley district as in the earlier film with the same title Paradise Alley
(1962). Sylvester Stallone
was born in 1946 (the time the film is set) and grew up in Hell's Kitchen. See more
When Cosmo talks with Annie for the first time on the street, a 1970s station wagon passes by in the background. See more
Do you know how many men could've been sitting on top of the world, but they let a dame tell them what to do and the only thing they ended up sitting on top of was a toilet.
Opening credits use the 1940s Universal logo. See more
Referenced in Just Your Luck
Written by Frank Stallone
Performed by Frank Stallone See more