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March 08, 2007

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Splooge Gainsbourg

Mr. Starbuck,

The film adaptation, 1949's "City Across the River," was the first movie in which Tony Curtis (credited as "Anthony Curtis") appeared. In the exterior shots, Williamsburg stood in for Brownsville. Today in 2016, WorldCat reports knowing about less than 100 libraries which hold at least one copy of one or more of the many versions of the novel.

Paul Starbuck

I've always remembeered "The Amboy Dukes" and vow someday I'll lay hands on a copy. It's a morality play, really--set in alleys, with a cast of irredeemable delinquents run wild while their parents work overtime in WW2 defense industries. Interestingly, the tough guys, by and large, wind up dead, or in the crosshairs of even tougher guys. Why this book wasn't made into a movie, I'll never understand; it makes "Rebel Without A Cause" look like a schoolyard game of mumblety-peg.

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