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Rated NR · 100 minutes · 1949

Crime drama
Nicholas Ray wrestles with his social consciousness and loses in this drab 1949 drama about a slum punk (John Derek, of Bo fame) on trial for murder. Humphrey Bogart stands piously for the defense, begging the jury to blame society, not the boy. With George Macready and Allene Roberts; based on a book by novelist Willard Motley.
Director: Nicholas Ray
Writer: John Monks Jr., Willard Motley and Daniel Taradash
Producer: Robert Lord
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts, Susan Perry, Mickey Knox, Barry Kelley, Dooley Wilson, Cara Williams and Jimmy Conlin

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