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City of Shadows (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 June 1955 (USA)
Dan Mason, a twelve-year-old newsboy, is an expert at figuring all the angles; so, when Kink, veteran bartender at Billy's Steak House, catches him winning a big jackpot in the battered old... See full summary »

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Houston Branch (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Big Tim Channing
John Baer ... Dan Mason
Kathleen Crowley ... Fern Fellows
Anthony Caruso ... Tony Finetti
June Vincent ... Linda Fairaday
Richard Reeves ... Angelo Di Bruno
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Davis, Disbarred Lawyer
Frank Ferguson ... District Attorney Hunt
Richard Travis ... Phil Jergins
Kay E. Kuter ... Bartender Kink (as Kay Kuter)
Nicolas Coster ... Roy Fellows
Gloria Pall ... Waitress
Fern Hall Fern Hall ... Miss Hall
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Dan Mason, a twelve-year-old newsboy, is an expert at figuring all the angles; so, when Kink, veteran bartender at Billy's Steak House, catches him winning a big jackpot in the battered old slot machines that belong to seedy Tim Channing, he not only defies them to do anything about it but shows Tim how he can corner the slot-machine racket and, at the same time, put his big-racketeer competitors Tony Finetti and Angelo Di Bruno out of the running. Thusly begins a partnership between the larcenous---but big-hearted---Tim and the precocious newsboy that lasts and prospers while he is growing up. Reaching college age Dan studies law, showing a greater aptitude for finding loopholes in the law than an inclination to uphold it, despite the advice of his law-school Dean and the wholesome companionship of his roommate Roy Fellows, whose father is a retired judge. But Dan meets Roy's sister Fern and his family, and the sincerity and friendliness of Roy's parents and the open adoration of ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Their Business Was "Legitimate" - Because The Law Couldn't Touch Them! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allarme sezione omicidi See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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a '50's Gangster movie with all the low-budget trimmings
1 January 2001 | by rollo_tomasoSee all my reviews

Victor McLaglen has a ball as Big Tim Channing in this forgotten, yet enjoyable, 1950's gangster movie. With all the stand-by's (Frank Ferguson as crusading D.A., Paul Maxey as crooked lawyer, Anthony Caruso as a two-bit thug), this "B" actioner delivers what you would expect, and a bit more. It probably was intended to elevate the career of its lead, John Baer. As such pretty boys go, he's not too bad, but I never heard of him again. Still, it's a good way to kill an hour and change.


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