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Gang Boy (1954)

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Two street gangs, one white and one Chicano, are on a course for a major clash until a friendly police officer suggests that they have a sit-down dinner together.


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Rival gangs in a small city are escalating their violence: the Pepper Tree Gang of poor whites and a group from the Mexican section of town have traded an eye for an eye. The Mexican gang, led by Danny, is having a dance that night at their new club; the police think the Pepper Tree Gang will show up to fight. A lieutenant asks Danny to agree to a truce, and Danny takes a walk to think about it - going over the last nine years of his life in an angry world that's made him feel isolated and unloved. He thinks back to a friend's death when they were 10. He has an insight into his past and he goes to the lieutenant. Is there a path out of violence? Written by <>

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The "explosion" effect at the start of the film's credits was achieved by splicing in a few frames of the beginning of a roll of film, which was exposed when loading the camera. Sid Davis and editor Arthur Swerdloff followed that with a cut to a second palm tree, beside the first, without a top. They placed something near the top of the tree to smoke, making it appear as if the gang boys had blown the top off a palm tree. See more »

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Ouch...this is a really, really bad short film! So bad that it's actually kind of funny!
5 April 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The people who made this short film were very sincere and tried to make a nice film about the evils of gangs and how everyone can just get along. The problem is that even though the film uses real gang members and was in some ways a positive thing, the production is so badly made that it made me laugh! I assume you'll probably feel about the same.

One problem with the film is some of the acting. In particular, the cops could barely read their lines and sounded quite robotic. However, the supposedly poignant scene about the boy dying by falling off the cliff--that was amazingly bad! It's OBVIOUSLY a dummy being tossed own the hill and looks just horrible--so bad that you might think it was meant as a joke!! I am sure gang members that were shown this film thought is was hilarious--and you really cannot blame them. A truly awful public service film that was dated when it was made.

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