Steve Kostain (Lund), nephew of the owner, begins working at a steel mill to learn the business from the bottom up. He rooms with a steel working family, the McNamaras, and falls for the ...
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Steve Kostain (Lund), nephew of the owner, begins working at a steel mill to learn the business from the bottom up. He rooms with a steel working family, the McNamaras, and falls for the daughter, "Red" (Sheridan), who is already involved with another steelworker, Jim (Duff.) Although he is at first has a hard time with his co-workers, he eventually wins them over, and also wins the girl.Written by
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Filming at Kaiser Steel in Fontana, California, took place over at least ten days, beginning 25 September 1951, according to an item on page 17 of the San Bernardino Daily Sun, published 26 September. The film company quartered at the Arrowhead Springs Hotel. See more »
Steel Town is a nice B film from Universal studios that has John Lund going to
work at a steel mill to learn the business from the ground up. He's the son of
the boss, but dad has never forgotten his roots. He has Lund boarding with an
old friend from his beginning days William Harrigan and his wife Eileen Crowe.
Also staying at the house is Ann Sheridan their daughter who slings hash at the
local eatery popularized by the factory workers and James Best a young steel
factory worker whose dad was killed at the mill in an accident. He's a reminder of what can go wrong if one is not always alert.
Lund has a rival for Sheridan in Howard Duff also a veteran worker at the plant.
In a way their rivalry is a whole lot like the rivalry of soldiers for the affections
of the girl be left behind in a slew of war pictures. Don't kid yourself, these
workers see themselves in as rigorous and occupation as any the military has to
In fact that notion is graphically demonstrated by the cinematography showing
the making of steel, how these guys are working near furnaces operating at hundreds of degrees fahrenheit.
Watching Steel Town put me in mind of a story how the fabled Yankee owner
Colonel Jacob Ruppert learned the brewery business also from the ground up.
Purportedly Ruppert's dad sent his son to work in the factory so as to learn the
business from the ground up. His first job was washing the kegs where the
beer was to be stored.
All the players get right into their roles, so much so that you cease to think of
them as actors and view them in the blue collar roles they are playing. This
film above all is a nice tribute to the working people who really made this
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