John Drew Barrymore plays a young man raised in a Catholic orphanage who discovers when he is almost grown that his parents were Jewish. Under the law, he must be removed to the jurisdiction of an orphanage of his own faith. Young Barrymore is already involved with hoodlum elements and, feeling rejection by the orphanage that has been his home and parents, takes the final plunge into the gangster world.
Theatrical Release: June 22nd, 1958
DVD Review: LionsGate - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||LionsGate - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.15 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)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
Despite being advertised on Amazon as a 'Republic Pictures' DVD release - this is from LionsGate and it is quite weak. The transfer is single-layered and interlaced (see combing example in last screen capture). Contrast and detail are fair-to-poor with some even digital noise. It's not a fatally 'unwatchable' image, but is not very remarkable either.
The audio is consistent without major flaws and there are optional subtitles (English and Spanish). There are no extras save some LionsGate trailers. Conveniently the price reflects the pragmatic nature of the DVD production.
The film is somewhat hokey but those keen on the era may find some amusement with the religious-division attitudes which, at times, seem out-of-whack with the plot direction. It's evolves to a crime story and should have some entertainment value from that standpoint. McQueen's presence is not overwhelming. It's is noted on our Noir listing, but that seems a stretch now. This LionsGate transfer is weak but sufficient to watch the film - but that is all.