City Across the River is known for being the film that kick-started Tony Curtis' screen career. It was also the template for such crucial 1950s movies as Blackboard Jungle and Rebel Without a Cause.
It is a 1949 American film noir crime film directed by Maxwell Shane and stars Tony Curtis, Stephen McNally, Thelma Ritter. The screenplay is based on the novel The Amboy Dukes by Irving Shulman.
The book is about a teenage street gang, the Amboy Street Dukes, and its theme is the upheaval that the war inflicted on family and social structures. It focuses on the lack of parental guidance for teenagers during this time, either because parents were absent at war or work, or were abdicating their responsibilities.
May 23, 2022 Subject:
Kind of a West Side Story soft-peddle. The kids that grew up in Flatbush or the Lower East Side and Hells Kitchen, were very tough guys. Wise guys like Sonny Franzese, Sammy Gravano and Johnny Gotti were the real deal.
These celluloid sissy boys were a bit of a joke. The teachers and cops seemed tougher. Some cute gals though. The star’s moil was a Jewess knock off for Annette Funicello. Nice set!
April 24, 2020 Subject:
City across the river. By Universal
Pictures Company, Inc. (c) 15Mar49; L2273.
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