Crime in the Streets

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Time Out says

A rain-slicked wharf, a foghorn sounds, and the rumble starts. With just a single back-alley set and a five-and-ten cent script, Siegel's early B gang picture can make 'the street' more real than all the stylisations of later efforts like The Wanderers. There's a street-corner girl who dances with her mouth, and there's Cassavetes as Frankie, the leader who can't bear to be touched, dripping all the bug-eyed surliness of his grown-up movies and hiding all the dirty little secrets that each family contains. Coil-spring tension is supplied by the long run-in to the first test of manhood - the big kill. If it's a shade heavy on the psychodrama at the expense of the action, at least the confrontations have spine; and if the ending is necessarily happy, at least it's due to a kid brother rather than the earnest social worker. Like a zip-gun, cheap and effective. CPea.
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Release details

UK release:

1956

Duration:

91 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Don Siegel

Cast:

Virginia Gregg, Mark Rydell, Sal Mineo, John Cassavetes, James Whitmore, Peter Votrian

Music:

Franz Waxman

Art Director:

Serge Krizman

Editor:

Richard C Meyer

Cinematography:

Sam Leavitt

Screenwriter:

Reginald Rose

Producer:

Vincent M Fennelly

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