Cinema: Commuter's Special

THE EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE

Directed by ROBERT ALDRICH Screenplay by CHRISTOPHER KNOPF

"You tighten your belt, turn up your collar," the veteran hobo tells the kid, "and you can be emperor of the North Pole." The kid, called Cigaret (Keith Carradine), is a blowhard spoiling to be top bum in the territory. He keeps pestering "A No.1" (Lee Marvin) for some tutoring on the fine points of jumping trains and dodging conductors.A No. 1 tosses a few nuggets of road wisdom to his would-be protégé, but saves his energies and talents for his epic battle with the sadistic conductor...

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