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Crime in the Streets (1956)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1956 (USA)
Social worker tries to befriend local slum gang.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Reginald Rose (story), Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Whitmore ... Ben Wagner
John Cassavetes ... Frankie Dane
Sal Mineo ... Angelo Gioia
Mark Rydell ... Lou Macklin
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Dane
Peter J. Votrian Peter J. Votrian ... Richie Dane (as Peter Votrian)
Will Kuluva ... Mr. Gioia
Malcolm Atterbury ... Mr. McAllister
Denise Alexander Denise Alexander ... Maria Gioia
Dan Terranova ... Blockbuster
Peter Miller Peter Miller ... The Fighter
Steve Rowland ... Glasses
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Storyline

On a city's mean streets, the boys join gangs at 15. Frankie leads the Hornets: he's 18, seething, coiled. When a neighbor goes to the cops after seeing one of the Hornets with a zip gun, Frankie vows to kill the old guy, hatching a plan using Lou, who smiles and smokes, and "Baby," the 15-year-old son of an immigrant shopkeeper. Ben Wagner, the social worker at a neighborhood settlement house, gets wind of the plan and tries to break through to Frankie. Frankie's brother Richie, who's about 12, worships and fears Frankie; he also figures out what his brother is up to. Is Frankie doomed to crash and burn at 18? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face au crime See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,200,000, 31 December 1956
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Production Co:

Lindbrook Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When the officer takes Lenny away, he tells Wagner that they are going to the 101st Precinct. That would place the area in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York City. See more »

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After McAllister slaps Frankie, a shadow of the camera is visible on Frankie as it pulls back. See more »

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Frankie Dane: [seeing Ben in his room] Whatta yuh want up here? Nobody asked you.
Ben Wagner: I don't want anything. I... was just downstairs and realized I never seen your place before.
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Ben Wagner: That's a pretty lousy place.
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Atmospheric & sleazy 50's 'JD' film
2 June 2008 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

"Crime In the Streets" tells the story of growing up in the slums, and what some young people will do to get out, or just to have a few kicks to help them forget their dead-end lives. This film's non-existent budget actually helps to add to the realism, with sets that are bleak and cheap-looking. Back alleys never looked so lurid and dangerous as they do in this sadly forgotten film. "Crime In the Streets" features some wonderful performances, especially Sal Mineo, who doesn't have enough scenes, but when he is on camera, the magic is there. Anyone who is familiar with Mineo's work knows what I'm talking about. The scene between Sal and his father is unforgettable. The actress who plays Frankie Dane's mother also gives an amazing, dramatic performance as the over-worked waitress, abandoned with two sons, all living in a dismal tenement apartment. John Cassevetes is waaaaay too old to play the 18 year old delinquent, though his performance is fine. It is depressing to witness how badly people treat each other in this film, and it is particularly disturbing to see Frankie abuse his little brother. He really treats this child savagely, hitting him, threatening him, and holding knives to his throat. I also should mention the fantastic jazz score featured, that compliments the dark, shadowy images and the taught drama unfolding on the screen. "Crime In the Streets" is almost impossible to find as there has never been an official video or DVD release. My copy is a bootleg DVD, and the quality is good enough. This and other early Sal Mineo films deserve to be re-discovered, but I don't imagine this one being re-issued any time soon. This is probably one of the best in the 50's 'JD' category.


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