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FILM SHOT IN: BLACK AND WHITE (you would receive the "WIDESCREEN" version)
RUNNING TIME: 96 MINUTES
PICTURE QUALITY RATING: = 9 out of 10 EXCELLENT (These rare films come from a variety of sources. Please do not expect modern day HD quality.)
DIRECTED BY: JOSEPH PEVNEY
STARRING: TONY CURTIS, SAL MINEO, GEORGE NADER, JULIE ADAMS
BRIEF PLOT SUMMARY: Youth gang leader Jerry Florea is shot fleeing from a crime scene by rookie cop Ed Gallagher. Result: "he'll never have children of his own." Ed and Jerry develop a mutually beneficial friendship: Jerry gets the benefit of the doubt, Ed gets information that brings him rapid promotion. As years and jail terms go by, Ed's friendship with this likable rogue becomes strained, as hope for his reform dwindles. Can Jerry redeem himself in the end?
COMMENTS: AN EARLY SAL MINEO PERFORMANCE JUST BEFORE HIS SUPER STARDOM. Tony Curtis gives one of the best performances of his career as the mastermind of an armored car robbery. This movie avoids cliches and goes straight to original character development while paying meticulous detail to the orchestration of the caper. Thoroughly absorbing from every standpoint.
THE TITLE SONG IS SUNG BY SAMMY DAVIS JR.