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Violent Playground (1958)





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Violent Playground opens with a few West Side Story style shots of a Liverpool street gang, commandeered by a very nasty-looking David McCallum. We're going to be seeing a lot more of McCallum before the final fadeout: His sister (Anne Heywood) is in love with an upright police officer (Stanley Baker). The film plods along predictable grounds until the climactic rumble sequence, which is as good as anything ever seen in Hollywood "J.D." picture. Violent Playground didn't get much American play in 1957, principally because there was a glut of such films at the time. The picture received a new lease on life in the early 1960s to cash in on the Man From UNCLE popularity of David McCallum. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Stanley Baker
as Sgt. Truman
Anne Heywood
as Cathie Murphy
David McCallum
as Johnny Murphy
John Slater
as Sgt. Walker
Clifford Evans
as Heaven Evans
Moultrie Kelsall
as Superintendent
George A. Cooper
as Chief Inspector
Michael Chow
as Alexander
Tsai Chin
as Primrose
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Kids don't walk no more, they roll. A detective is assigned to patrol local playgrounds and try to teach children that police officers aren't so bad and juvenile hall is not their desired path. One of the first children the inspector tries to steer out of trouble, Johnnie, becomes a pyromaniac and nuisance to the neighborhood. Johnnie becomes a very rough character for the inspector to handle. "You tell him to stop asking questions." "Dry it, kid." Basil Dearden, director of Masquerade, Woman of Straw, A Place to Go, Victim, Man in the Moon, The Man Who Haunted Himself, Dead of the Night, The League of Gentlemen, and Khartoum, delivers Violent Playground. The storyline for this picture was interesting and entertaining to watch unfold. The characters were interesting and the acting was very solid. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Stanley Baker, David McCallum, and Tsai Chin. "If you fight a war against my children I'll tie it around your neck and throw you under the docks." Violent Playground is a movie I targeted off Netflix since it starred Peter Cushing and I had never heard of it. The movie is definitely more of a psychological thriller than a horror film, but it was still fun to see Cushing in this role. It was interesting to see Cushing as a priest and not trying to kill vampires or some creature of the night. Overall, this movie is worth watching once if you're a fan of the old classics. "If you kill again, you kill yourself." Grade: C+/B- (6.5)

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