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(aka 'East Side Story')

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
USA 19

Robinson is brilliant as the ruthless Italian-American financier attempting to control the lives of his four sons. Conte's also pretty good as the naive and devoted son wanting to retain some faith in his father and bring his family back together, but finally having to concede that he has been as much a victim of his daddy's manipulative character as his brothers. With its flashback structure and densely constructed scenes, what is essentially a simple family drama is given a distinct and effective noir edge. The western Broken Lance adapted the same story, five years later.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


Theatrical Release: July 1st, 1949

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DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Noir Spine # 17 - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:40:51 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.11 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Mono)  
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Foster Hirsch
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery
• Fox Noir 

DVD Release Date: June 6th, 2006

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Chapters: 24



I'd say this image is not quite on par with some of Fox's other Noirs. The faux-grain/dirt is a little heavy at times and there are a few artifacts visible. It is shade less detailed than some others, but it also has moments of great clarity - so I would say it is rather uneven. Quite a bit of flickering is evident. I don't recall hearing a Foster Hirsch commentary before and this effort was acceptable, if not stellar. The film is fabulous - Susan Hayward looks as drop-dead gorgeous as ever and Edward G.'s part is very animated. I don't think I've seen a film with Richard Conte that I didn't enjoy on some level. So overall its a steal of a deal for Noir fans - just as you may have anticipated from Fox!

Gary W. Tooze


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