People, Dec. 19, 1977

"Life in Hell's Kitchen has been heaven," rhapsodizes Sylvester ("Sly") Stallone. The Italian Stallion is back on location in the tenements—this time not on the Rocky roads of Philadelphia, but on Manhattan's West Side. In Paradise Alley, Stallone plays Cosmo, a 1940s street hustler who hangs out with a beautiful hooker (Joyce Ingalls). The dialogue, raw and raunchy, is written by—who else? But not content with being both author and star, Sly is also making his directing debut. His early impressions: "I'm learning how the other half lives through others from a...

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