Quicksand: “Jungle Street” (1960)

junglestreet4                “Jungle Street”  (1960)

    Charles Saunders’ “Jungle Street” is one of those minor crime dramas which the British film industry made in plentiful numbers without the greater impact of  comparable American film productions of the 40’s and 50’s. What distinguished the films junglstreetposter2across the pond is that the British films generally substituted an unexpected level of viciousness for what they lacked in the chiaroscuro inspired stylishness of the American film noir.

    After unwittingly killing an elderly man in an act of petty thievery, Terry Collins (David McCallum) returns to the Adam & Eve Club where he works as a gofer to club owner Jacko Fielding (John Chandos) and is smitten with a featured stripper named Sue (Jill Ireland), who also happens to be the girlfriend of Terry’s partner in robbery Johnny Calvert (Kenneth Cope), who, while maintaining Terry’s identity a secret from the authorities is serving a year’s prison sentence but unaware of the Sue’s new profession as an ecdysiast. ….

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2 Responses to Quicksand: “Jungle Street” (1960)

  1. beetleypete says:

    The leads were already married by this time of course. There is something about films where married couples are often working on the same production, as with Burton and Taylor, Cassavetes and Rowlands, on to Pitt and Jolie more recently. It doesn’t always work for me, but in old B-films like this one, that hardly mattered. Ireland went on to appear in many films with Charles Bronson after they were married. (As you know of course.)
    Worth noting that Kenneth Cope later worked on a long-running soap opera, as well as becoming a ‘comedy actor’ of sorts, appearing in some of the ‘Carry On’ films. He was also a radio DJ for a time. He is still alive, now 86, and writes a newspaper column.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Sometimes, when people are talking about the great old films of “days of yore,” I feel obliged to remind them that most of the movies every made anywhere were total crap. We remember the great old ones because they weren’t crap.

    Was this the movie where David McCallum met Jill Ireland? Before Jill Ireland met Bronson and they skived off to spend a joyous life together? Ah romance.

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