Cinema: The New Pictures, may 28, 1956

Crime in the Streets (Lindbrook; Allied Artists) is a fairly serious little sociological thriller that is flawed by a streak of what might be called sentenementality: the idea that every garbage can has a silver lining. Adapted from Reginald Rose's television play, Paso Doble, it tells the story of a teen-aged rumblebum (John Cassavetes) named Frankie.

Frankie was a good boy to begin with, Playwright Rose explains, with the easy assurance of a man who has obviously read quite a few case histories of slum children. But when Frankie was good, nobody paid any attention to him; so he decided to be...

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