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City of Shadows (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 June 1955 (USA)
Dan Mason, a twelve-year-old newsboy, is an expert at figuring all the angles; so, when Kink, veteran bartender at Billy's Steak House, catches him winning a big jackpot in the battered old... See full summary »

Director:

William Witney

Writer:

Houston Branch (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Big Tim Channing
John Baer ... Dan Mason
Kathleen Crowley ... Fern Fellows
Anthony Caruso ... Tony Finetti
June Vincent ... Linda Fairaday
Richard Reeves ... Angelo Di Bruno
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Davis, Disbarred Lawyer
Frank Ferguson ... District Attorney Hunt
Richard Travis ... Phil Jergins
Kay E. Kuter ... Bartender Kink (as Kay Kuter)
Nicolas Coster ... Roy Fellows
Gloria Pall ... Waitress
Fern Hall Fern Hall ... Miss Hall
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Dan Mason, a twelve-year-old newsboy, is an expert at figuring all the angles; so, when Kink, veteran bartender at Billy's Steak House, catches him winning a big jackpot in the battered old slot machines that belong to seedy Tim Channing, he not only defies them to do anything about it but shows Tim how he can corner the slot-machine racket and, at the same time, put his big-racketeer competitors Tony Finetti and Angelo Di Bruno out of the running. Thusly begins a partnership between the larcenous---but big-hearted---Tim and the precocious newsboy that lasts and prospers while he is growing up. Reaching college age Dan studies law, showing a greater aptitude for finding loopholes in the law than an inclination to uphold it, despite the advice of his law-school Dean and the wholesome companionship of his roommate Roy Fellows, whose father is a retired judge. But Dan meets Roy's sister Fern and his family, and the sincerity and friendliness of Roy's parents and the open adoration of ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Their Business Was "Legitimate" - Because The Law Couldn't Touch Them! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allarme sezione omicidi See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Houston Branch could recycle with the best of them.
10 December 2005 | by horn-5See all my reviews

One only has to get about five minutes into the film before realizing that it is derivative of about two-dozen other films----low-ranking gangster adopts and educates a young street hoodlum only to have his protégé turn against him.

Dan Mason (Jimmy Grohman), a twelve-year-old newsboy, is an expert at figuring all the angles; so, when Kink (billed as Kay Kuter), veteran bartender at Billy's Steak House, catches him winning a big jackpot in the battered old slot machines that belong to seedy Tim Channing (Victor McLaglen), he not only defies them to do anything about it but shows Tim how he can corner the slot-machine racket and, at the same time, put his big-racketeer competitors Tony Finetti (Anthony Caruso) and Angelo Di Bruno (Richard Reeves) out of the running.

Thusly begins a partnership between the larcenous---but big-hearted---Tim and the precocious newsboy that lasts and prospers while he is growing up. (A plot premise not new then and still being used today.) Reaching college age Dan (now John Baer)studies law, showing a greater aptitude for finding loopholes in the law than an inclination to uphold it, despite the advice of his law-school Dean (John Maxwell) and the wholesome companionship of his roommate Roy Fellows (Nicolas Coaster), whose father (Charles Meredith) is a retired judge.

But Dan meets Roy's sister Fern (Kathleen Crowley)and his family, and the sincerity and friendliness of Roy's parents and the open adoration of Fern make him begin to work on the right side of the law instead of against it. So, after graduating from law school, Dan agrees to go to work for his old friend Tim...but only if it is honest work.

Tim promises him it will be, but then Finetti and Di Bruno show up from the old days and Tim is put into a compromising position..and things aren't going just exactly as Dan planned and Tim promised...oh, you've seen it several times and can finish it from here? Thought so.


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