Brooklyn Noir Double Feature: 55th Anniversary! Archival Print! THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN, 1958, Sony Repertory, 82 min. Dir. Paul Wendkos. A rookie cop (Darren McGavin) lays it all on the line when he goes undercover to checkmate the Syndicate and police corruption in Brooklyn. This fact-based film, adapted from crime reporter Ed Reid's story, was scripted by uncredited, blacklisted scribes Bernard Gordon and Julian Zimet, and contains plenty of action and noir-stained ambiguity.
CITY ACROSS THE RIVER, 1949, Universal, 90 min. Dir. Maxwell Shane.
Very rarely screened, this may be Hollywood's earliest treatment of urban youth gangs and juvenile delinquency, with the Amboy Dukes (a young Tony Curtis, Mickey Knox, Richard Jaeckel, Al Ramsen and Joshua Kelley) pitted against a cast-against-type Stephen McNally as a crusading community-center leader in Brooklyn. With the great Thelma Ritter, Jeff Corey, Richard Benedict and Anabel Shaw.