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Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 3 May 1958 (USA)
Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged... See full summary »

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Irvin Kershner

Writers:

Andrew J. Fenady (screenplay), Irvin Kershner (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yale Wexler Yale Wexler ... Jim Bowers
Jonathan Haze ... Julian 'Ves' Vespucci (as Jonathon Haze)
Steven Marlo ... Nick Raymond (as Morris Miller)
Abby Dalton ... Kathy
Allen Kramer Allen Kramer ... Danny
Herman Rudin Herman Rudin ... Mitch Swardurski
Philip Mansour Philip Mansour ... Lenny Potter (as Phillip Mansour)
Frank Harding Frank Harding ... Capt. Richard R. Allen
William Shaw William Shaw ... Chuck (as Bill Shaw)
Andrew J. Fenady Andrew J. Fenady ... Stan (as A.J. Fenady)
Slate Harlow Slate Harlow ... Officer Lynn Donahue
Herschel Bernardi ... Mr. Fennel
Carol Nelson Carol Nelson ... Nick's girl
Edward Schaaf Edward Schaaf ... Samuel Alber (as Ed Schaff)
Matt Resnick Matt Resnick ... Sgt. Fred Matthews
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Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged to a drug dealer who killed two narcotics agents in a shootout, they go back to look for the can, find it, and decide to go into the heroin selling business. However, the drug dealer's gang also wants the heroin, finds out the boys have it, and sets out to hunt them down and get back their dope. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Warner Bros pours the first blazing spotlight into the hidden night world of kids on the crime path of "the hooked"! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H is for Heroin See more »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film for cinematographer Haskell Wexler (as Mark Jeffrey). See more »

Quotes

Officer Lynn Donahue: Nick and Ves had passed the earlier part of the afternoon looking at clothes, sporting equipment, bongo drums, and other racy items for kids their age.
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Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: James Ellroy (2007) See more »

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Stakeout
Composed by Richard Markowitz
Performed by Hollywood Chamber Jazz Group conducted by Richard Markowitz
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Very ordinary despite the interesting plot idea
30 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Stakeout on Dope Street" is a decent film when it comes to the plot idea, but nothing, I mean NOTHING, makes the film particularly compelling. It should have been a lot more interesting than it was.

The film begins with a very gritty shootout--one where two cops are shot as well as one of the criminals. However, in the process, a briefcase full of pure, uncut heroin is lost. And, shortly afterwords, three young men discover the drugs and decide to get rich selling it. Two of the guys have no problem with this--but the third gets cold feet because he's worried about creating addicts just like the guy they hired to sell the stuff. However, once the guys start selling, it's inevitable that the guys who lost it will come looking.... If you want to find out what's next, see the film.

While the plot idea sounds interesting, this low-budget film never excited me--and several times I found myself nodding off during the movie. It's not a terrible film--just not a very interesting one. See it if you'd like, but you could do better.


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