Johnny Stool Pigeon  [DVD]Howard Duff (actor)
Shelley Winters (actor)
Format: all-region dvd (worldwide)
Runtime: 71 min
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This capable example of the semi-documentary crime film of the late 1940s, which comes complete with the usual voiceover narration, stars Dan Duryea as a gangster released from prison to help detective Howard Duff round up a drug-trafficking ring. The story is overly contrived, but director William Castle extracts strong performances from his leads, who include Shelley Winters and John McIntire. Taking a prominent supporting role as a mute killer is a young contract player gaining valuable experience, Anthony (later Tony) Curtis.