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Jungle Street Girls (1960)

Jungle Street (original title)
| Crime, Drama | 1961 (USA)
Terry Collins mugs an old man, who subsequently dies. Joe Lucas finds out about it and blackmails him, threatening to turn him in to the police if he doesn't give him money. Terry then ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Saunders

Writers:

Alexander Doré (screenplay), Guido Coen (based on an original story by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Ireland ... Sue
David McCallum ... Terry Collins
Kenneth Cope ... Johnny
Brian Weske ... Joe Lucas
Vanda Hudson Vanda Hudson ... Lucy Bell
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Mrs. Collins
Thomas Gallagher Thomas Gallagher ... Mr. Collins
Howard Pays Howard Pays ... Sergeant Pelling
Joy Webster ... Rene
Martin Sterndale Martin Sterndale ... Inspector Bowen
John Chandos John Chandos ... Jacko Fielding
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Mr. Rose
Larry Burns Larry Burns ... Barman
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Dealer
Julie Shearing Julie Shearing ... Cashier
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Terry Collins mugs an old man, who subsequently dies. Joe Lucas finds out about it and blackmails him, threatening to turn him in to the police if he doesn't give him money. Terry then plans to rob the safe at a night club with his friend Johnny. However, Terry double-crosses him by taking off with the money and also Johnny's girl friend Sue. Finally as the police close in, he kills a tailor, and then is caught as he attempts to run. Written by Sean Barry-Weske <sean1631@earthlink.net>

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They ignited the spark that exploded in murder and sin!

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UK

Language:

English

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1961 (USA) See more »

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Jungle Street Girls See more »

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Mono
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I'm Only a Girl
Music by Harold Geller
Lyrics by Perry Ford
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Padded but watchable
31 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

JUNGLE STREET is a low rent British crime film from prolific director Charles Saunders. It has a fair share of problems but nonetheless works thanks to some strong acting from the leads and the narrative itself, which is a fun mish-mash of timely themes and the occasional bit of suspense.

The film incorporates some of the burgeoning 'kitchen sink' drama genre into its running time in its depiction of the home life of youthful tearaway David McCallum, a man who despises his family and his whole class and wants to make something better for himself. This means turning to crime to make ends meet, and you can guess how that ends up. Like a lot of low budget British crime films, much of the action centres around a nightclub, or rather a strip club in this instance.

This is where much of the padding comes into it. The first half of the film in particular is full of tame striptease sequences which show no nudity but are nonetheless quite racy at times. They go on forever and they parade many attractive actresses around which is no bad thing really, particularly when the chief stripper is the young and lovely Jill Ireland, a really arresting presence here.

The plot is further complicated by police investigation and the release from jail of a seasoned criminal, played with relish by Kenneth Cope. Cope and McCallum have some good scenes together which makes the story work. There's an inevitable heist sequence which is well directed and an effective climax. No classic, but more than watchable for what it is.


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