A bunch of sailors are back from their task and feel suddenly lonely when they arrive in town. You have here wonderful performances, lead by a tremendous Mickey Rooney. The poor guys seemingly have no one to wait for them and stay together, in bars, drinking, playing cards and thinking about the meaning of life. For instance Mickey Rooney's character who calls his cousin who is in family and who gets a pretext not to see his sailor relative... Yes, this episode is a very interesting character study, a little depressing for people among audiences who could recognize themselves in these portraits. Mickey Rooney was really a great actor, despite his short frame and baby face. Some moving and somewhat disturbing sequences when Rooney visits some folks who feel so bored in front of him. Look out for the talk of the young woman whom Rooney visits and who speaks of her lady friend, a friend who doesn't exist, because she speaks of herself, to explain the unexplainable. You have understood that this is definitely not a comedy but a drama, a damn good drama. Arthur Hiller made it, an excellent piece of work. But strangely this ends like a pure suspense tale.
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