Rumble on the Docks
|Rumble on the Docks|
|Directed by||Fred F. Sears|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Screenplay by||Lou Morheim|
|Based on||the novel Rumble on the Docks by Frank Paley|
|Cinematography||Benjamin H. Kline|
|Edited by||Jerome Thoms|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Jimmy Smigelski, living near the docks of Brooklyn, is quick to help when a neighborhood girl, Della, and her little brother are menaced by some thugs. Joe Brindo, a racketeer Jimmy's honest father Pete blames for an incident that crippled him, is impressed by Jimmy and takes him under his wing.
Jimmy is caught in a rivalry between two local gangs. He also is asked to testify at a trial, angering his father when the outcome benefits the gangster. Jimmy eventually changes his ways and ends up working in his father's print shop.
- James Darren as Jimmy Smigelski
- Laurie Carroll as Della
- Michael Granger as Joe Brindo
- Jerry Janger as Rocky
- Robert Blake as Chuck
- Edgar Barrier as Pete Smigelski
- Celia Lovsky as Anna Smigelski
- David Bond as Dan Kevlin
- Timothy Carey as Frank Mangus
- Dan Terranova as 'Stomper' Tony Lightning
- Barry Froner as Poochie
- Don Devlin as Wimpy
- Stephen H. Sears as Cliffie
- Joseph Vitale as Ferd Marchesi
- David Orrick McDearmon as Lawyer Gotham (as David Orrick)
- Larry J. Blake as Officer Fitz
- Robert C. Ross as Gil Danco
- Steve Warren as Sully
- Don Garrett as Bo-Bo
- Joel Ashley as Dist. Atty. Fuller
- Salvatore Anthony as Kid with Wallet
- Freddie Bell as Himself, Freddie Bell (as Freddie Bell and His Bellboys)
- The Bellboys as Themselves, The Bellboys (as Freddie Bell and His Bellboys)
The film was based on a 1953 novel by "Frank Paley", a social worker writing under a pseudonym. The New York Times thought "Mr Paley's narrative powers are not up to his descriptive ones."
James Darren later said of the movie, "Fred Sears was a wonderful director. That really was my first break because I started getting 400-500 letters a month from that film. You're not talking about a major film here. So, that kind of put me on a different level at the studio and they took notice."
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