Edge of the City (1957)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Urban Drama  |   Release Date - Jan 29, 1957 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Edge of the City is a modern morality play, acted out in the railyards of New York. AWOL soldier John Cassavetes takes a job as a railroad worker, where he is taunted and bullied by supervisor Jack Warden, a union functionary appointed by the Mob. Cassavetes befriends his African-American co-worker Sydney Poitier, whose very presence enrages the bigoted Warden. Poitier dies in an "accident" arranged by Warden; Cassavetes knows the truth, but is frightened into silence by the corrupt union. Inspired by Poitier's widow to stand up for what is right, Cassavetes challenges Warden in a climactic one-on-one battle. Edge of the City was produced by David Susskind, who'd previously staged Robert Alan Aurthur's screenplay for television under its original title, A Man is Ten Feet Tall.

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corruption, murder, racism, railroad, worker, big-city, Black [race], organized-crime, union [labor union]