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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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OUT OF THE GUTTER - and - BACK INTO IT! 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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Standard "B" crime potboiler, a cut above many
27 May 2000 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

This movie is so low-budget, and the cast generates so much goodwill, that you have to be kind to it. Plot is nothing special, but told with enough of a twist, and with enough smiles, that it deserves notice. Victor MacLaglen is marvelous as an aging thug, and Nicholas Coster makes a striking debut as a young law student. Nothing special, but it moves fast, and you'll have a bit of fun with the production values and stock footage.


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