Saturday, August 27, 2016

Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960)

Columbia Pictures
Directed by Philip Leacock
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Teen James Darren lives with his single mom Shelley Winters in a crime ridden Chicago neighborhood. She loses her job as a waitress and starts working in a bar, where she hooks up with dope dealer Ricardo Montalban. He gets her hooked on heroin sending their already dismal life spiraling downward. Family friend Burl Ives, himself an alcoholic and in love with her, tries to get his own life together to save them. Ella Fitzgerald has a supporting role as a drug addicted blues singer. Jean Seberg is Darren's young love interest. Eclectic cast does what it can with such a melodramatic story.

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