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Six Bridges to Cross (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 January 1955 (Japan)
The emotional story of a lifelong friendship between a Boston rookie cop and a young street-wise delinquent.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Joseph F. Dinneen (story "They Stole $25,000,000 - And Got Away with It")
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Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Jerry Florea
George Nader ... Edward Gallagher
Julie Adams ... Ellen Gallagher
Jay C. Flippen ... Vincent Concannon
Sal Mineo ... Jerry Florea - as a Boy
Jan Merlin ... Andy Norris
Richard Castle Richard Castle ... Skids Radzevich
William Murphy ... Red Flanagan
Kendall Clark Kendall Clark ... Sanborn
Don Keefer ... Sherman
Harry Bartell ... Father Bonelli
Tito Vuolo ... Angie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Chandler ... Narrator
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Youth gang leader Jerry Florea is shot fleeing from a crime scene by rookie cop Ed Gallagher. Result: "he'll never have children of his own." Ed and Jerry develop a mutually beneficial friendship: Jerry gets the benefit of the doubt, Ed gets information that brings him rapid promotion. As years and jail terms go by, Ed's friendship with this likable rogue becomes strained, as hope for his reform dwindles. Can Jerry redeem himself in the end? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Trivia

Actor Jeff Chandler wrote the lyrics for the title song "Six Bridges to Cross" which is sung by Sammy Davis, Jr. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Florea: Two things I can never be, Mrs. Gallagher. That's a father...and a citizen of my country.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Tony Curtis & Bill Talbert (1955) See more »

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SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jeff Chandler
Performed by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Crossing bridges
25 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Tony Curtis may not have been the greatest of actors (though he did give some great performances), but he was very charismatic and immensely likeable and improved hugely with each film, it was very difficult to dislike him even early in his career. The more mature the film and role actually, the better he was.

'Six Bridges to Cross' for me is one of his better films, if not one of his very best like 'Sweet Smell of Success', which contained the meatiest character of his career, and 'Some Like it Hot'. On paper, it seemed that 'Six Bridges to Cross' would intrigue, entertain and nail-bite. It does all three. It's not quite great, though its good things are many and large in quality, but as an overall whole it's very good and deserves to be wider known.

It may be on the talky side at times and the ending agreed does frustrate.

Count me in as another person who found that it didn't make much sense or ring true.

On the other hand, Curtis gives a performance that is among his better ones, showing that he really delivers when given interesting intelligently-written characters and how in a short space of time how much his acting improved. George Nader is terrific in his role, while Sal Mineo charms in his screen debut, Julie Adams is sympathetic support and Don Kneefer enjoying his weasel-like character. Nader and Curtis have very believable chemistry together.

Visually, 'Six Bridges to Cross' is photographed atmospherically, while the direction is assured enough in the early stages and it goes along at a crisp yet not too rushed pace, letting the atmosphere speak for itself. The script mostly is taut and intrigues and entertains, while the story is absorbing and carried by the atmosphere and the chemistry between the cast.

In short, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1955 (Japan) See more »

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$1,800,000
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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