In a hopeful effort to evade gangster Legs Caffey, chorus girl Letty Morris hops a bus in New York bound for Los Angeles--with Legs close on her heels. Along the way the bus picks up ...
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In a hopeful effort to evade gangster Legs Caffey, chorus girl Letty Morris hops a bus in New York bound for Los Angeles--with Legs close on her heels. Along the way the bus picks up escaped convict Paul Porter, who quickly allies himself with Letty. With the police in hot pursuit and Legs monitoring his every move with Letty, Paul is running out of both time and ideas.Written by
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Sunday 23 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Tucson 3 July 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), in Norfolk VA 2 September 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in New York City 9 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Miami 3 December 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Honolulu 8 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Spokane 19 December 1957 on KHQ (Channel 6), in Cincinnati 14 June 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Chicago 6 August 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Indianapolis 7 August 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13), and in Seattle 9 December 1958 on KING (Channel 5); it finally found its way to Philadelphia 18 July 1959 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »
I watched this film merely because of the opportunity to see the Three Stooges in one of their early features. I was surprised (pleasantly) by their appearance, as they actually played real characters, pretty much, and not outrageous clowns. And although their former honcho Ted Healy is in the film, they don't really interact with him. But the true surprise was how wonderfully entertaining and brilliantly shot the whole thing is. Richard Boleslawsky and Ted Tatzleff, the cinematographer, created a visual sense to this film unmatched by anything I remember seeing from the period. And the pacing, both in cutting and in dialog, manages to be rapid-fire and eloquent at the same time. So much has been made about the development of deep-focus photography in the years following this film, it's often forgotten that short focus can be fabulous to look at as well. Inside the bus that provides much of the setting for this film, there is always a sense of constant life going on in the background even though the foreground faces are the only things in sharp focus. I loved the look of this movie. Faces are given immense importance, even when the character who owns the face is not so important to the plot. And even the minor characters have minutely detailed physical, facial, and emotional detail of expression, bringing each of them to vivid life, often in a few seconds or less. Technically, I think this movie represents an amazing accomplishment. The plot and the performances are neither unfamiliar nor astonishing, but the execution in virtually every department is smashing. I wish I'd known about this little gem years ago.
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