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Studs Lonigan (1960)

A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.


Irving Lerner


James T. Farrell (novel), Philip Yordan


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Knight Christopher Knight ... Studs Lonigan
Frank Gorshin ... Kenny Killarney
Venetia Stevenson ... Lucy Scanlon
Carolyn Craig ... Catherine Banahan
Jack Nicholson ... Weary Reilly
Robert Casper Robert Casper ... Paulie Haggerty
Dick Foran ... Patrick Lonigan
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Mrs. Lonigan
Jay C. Flippen ... Father Gilhooey
Helen Westcott ... Miss Julia Miller
Kathy Johnson Kathy Johnson ... Frances Lonigan
Jack Kruschen ... Charlie the Greek
Suzi Carnell Suzi Carnell ... Eileen
Madame Spivy Madame Spivy ... Mother Josephine (as Mme. Spivy)
Jim Drum Jim Drum ... Jim Doyle


A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.

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Release Date:

September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Jeans 1920 See more »

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Longridge Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Warren Beatty was considered for the title role. See more »


Father Gilhooey: What do you want out of life, William?
Studs Lonigan: I want Lucy Scanlan. Remember her?
Father Gilhooey: I baptised you both. Her family moved away years ago. Do you still see her?
Studs Lonigan: No. Lucy wanted me to be important. Well, I ain't never going to be important.
Father Gilhooey: Why not?
Studs Lonigan: Because I just ain't got what it takes. Because when they were passing out brains I didn't get my share.
Father Gilhooey: Do you think it's just a matter of brains?
Studs Lonigan: What else?
Father Gilhooey: I'm asking you.
Studs Lonigan: Well, ain't it?
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Studs as Dead End Kid
19 February 2007 | by sgfarrell_9See all my reviews

I read the Studs Lonigan trilogy in the early Seventies and I was blown away by how James T. Farrell accurately described my own Irish-Catholic working-class background. I also saw the made-for-TV movie that was based on the novels when it came out in 1979. I didn't see the 1960 film until the late Eighties, and I had mixed feelings about it. I was surprised at how it had the feel of movies like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and the THE WILD ONE. I thought Christopher Knight was fine, if rather tormented as Studs, and Nicholson and Gorshin were fine as Weary Reilly and Kenny Kilarney. However, I wasn't wild about the happy ending of the movie. Studs Lonigan was suppose to die after living a pointless life. I also felt neither of the movie versions were able to effectively focus on the Dead End Kids or West Side Story aspect of Studs' south side of Chicago.

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