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City Across The River (1949) DVD

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City Across The River (1949)

Director:

 Maxwell Shane

Writers:

 Maxwell Shane (screenplay), Dennis J. Cooper (screenplay)

Stars:

 Stephen McNally, Thelma Ritter, Luis Van Rooten
 
This slightly bowdlerized version of Irving Shulman's The Amboy Dukes was used by Universal-International to showcase several of its new male contractees. Set in the slums of Brooklyn, the film follows the exploits of the Amboy Dukes, a teenaged street gang. Foremost among the Dukes is Frank Cusack (Peter Fernandez), who loses all opportunity to escape his grim existence when he accidentally kills his high-school teacher. The film tries to demonstrate that the so-called "code of the streets"--never rat on a pal--is possibly more destructive than any brass knuckle or switchblade.Maxwell Shane and Dennis Cooper's screenplay resists any temptation to sentimentalize the kids or trivialize their plight; the closest the film comes to comedy relief are the shattered romantic illusions of the near-moronic Crazy Perrin. Prominent among the supporting players are Thelma Ritter as Frank Cusack's anguished mother, Stephen McNally as a community center counselor, and Anthony (Tony) Curtis as the leather-jacketed gang leader. 
 
Here is the link to the film at the Internet Movie database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041251/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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