Fast-thinking Guitry contrives a scheme to earn easy money from rich women with expiring visas by marrying them with clochards and at the same time to win the charms of beautiful Polish ... See full summary »
Desperation has a good hold of the youngsters. There are no more than 30,000 teacherships. Young people from the province are flowing to Copenhagen in the hope that the possibilities are greater there.
During the 1950s, the New York garment industry is going through a turmoil. On one side, the industry workers want to organize themselves into labor unions that will fight for them in obtaining better wages, better working conditions and other benefits. On the other side, the factory owners and their managers staunchly oppose unionization. At one of the largest garment companies, Roxton Fashions, the owner, Walter Mitchell, is fighting against his workers' wishes to unionize. For the past 15 years, Walter Mitchell has been using the mob muscle in order to protect his company against unions. His gangster friend Artie Ravidge, and his henchmen, provide Walter Mitchell and Roxton Fashions with such protection against union men who agitate the workers into forming their own union locals. This protection includes murder, whenever necessary, to eliminate stubborn union men. Unfortunately, when Walter Mitchell's business partner, Fred Kenner, argues in favor of allowing a union into their ...Written by
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The baby that Robert Loggia is holding in the office and hallway of the Dress Union building is different when he enters another room. The first baby is younger with short blondish hair. The other baby is much bigger with longer, blackish hair. See more »
A real troublemaker, that one. But don't you worry; this stuff'll move, it'll move. When I get done with him, he won't bother us no more.
What are you going to do?
Never mind. I'm going to educate that Union real good to lay off us.
Dad, are you going to let him...?
What do you want me to do? Give in to them? Let the Union take over? That's what'll happen once they grab hold. With their hours, and benefits, and guarantees... three percent of the payroll for retirement, two percent for health, ...
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Director Sherman effectively dovetails the lives of the Haves and the Have Nots in New York's famed garment district. For its time (1957), this was a film that attracted an adult audience and delicately handled a very adult subject matter (think "On the Waterfront," but not quite as sophisticated).
Loggia, Scala and Boone deliver memorable performances. Matthews is generally flat, and even Cobb seems uninvolved with the proceedings.
The breast feeding scene and the expletive statement "Go to Hell!" voiced by Matthews during a bitter fist fight with Boone demonstrate that the Code was cracking; both scenes are well done and not exploitive.
The violence is often brutal and anything but subtle.
The all-too-few location scenes are nicely juxtaposed with the studio shots.
The film's down side is that the factory floor and union meeting sets are much too small and do not include enough people to give the moments a sense of realism.
Keep in mind that this film would have been taboo in Hollywood five years earlier with HUAC and the very real threat of blacklisting.
See it for Scala, Loggia and Boone.
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