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Jungle Street


Terry Collins mugs an old man, who subsequently dies. Joe Lucas finds out about it and blackmails him, threatening to turn him in to the police if he doesn't give him money. Terry then plans to rob the safe at a night club with his friend Johnny, who is the boyfriend of a stripper (Jill Ireland) that Terry's infatuated with.


'Jungle Street' is the actual title and it's bloody fantastic

After having met and married from HELL DRIVERS, three years later David McCallum and Jill Ireland -- a twenty-something still-at-home loser who hangs around a strip joint and that joint's top stripper - headlined something more low budget and obscure but far superior, a different kind of heist thriller that takes a long road to get there with many twisty avenues...

The buried second lead is freshly sprung convict Kenneth Cope, a handsome, experienced and bitter lad with a frustratingly romantic background with Ireland (one scene as he charmingly converses with McCallum's kitchen sink mother is a standout); he also wants payback from former partner McCallum, who didn't get caught from what got him sent inside...

Meanwhile, Ireland's Sue is the apple of creepy yet initially passive and gentle McCallum's eye, and he has such comfortable means around the place -- fixing the car of the club's overweight womanizing owner who's also smitten with otherwise old fashion good-girl Ireland -- it's through McCallum's perspective the audience experiences the main location, from the theater stage to random dressing rooms and offices, like really being there...

Where the girl's acts are not just in the background but right up front, interweaving throughout the dialogue, almost like a documentary or expose, including future CIRCUS OF HORROR beauty Vanda Hudson while the prettiest, Marian Collins, is the announcer/MC...

So when the usual Noir-like safe-cracking occurs it's well after McCallum had been slowly cornered by surrounding cops investigating the film's rudimentary/central robbery of an old man that turned to murder, and perhaps the best, most memorable character is indeed a character, one straight from an old Cagney/Bogart flick...

Looking a cross between Jamie Smith from KILLER'S KISS before and 1970's actor Robert Walden after, Brian Weske's Joe Lucas is a gross yet likeable, borderline hypochondriac scumbag, but he's also the most crookedly professional, having figured out who did the killing that everyone, including him, is being questioned for so, as he darts in and out from random scene to scene there's a sense of tangible filth that fits both the location and the multilayered plot-line -- one that needs more than one viewing to catch everything.

Worth it for Ducky alone

We all know that Ducky looks like a young Illya Kuryakin. But see this picture just to see an even younger Illya who speaks with a Cockny accent.

There are other reviews which summarize the picture better than I could. I will say this though. The Adam and Eve club is supposed to be a low class, low money, dive. It can't afford good acts. That's why the girls acts are bad.

Too Good At What It Does

Four years before becoming a man from UNCLE, David McCallum is a punk in London. His father spends most of his paycheck on beer, and so McCallum has taken to mugging old ladies. Now, however, he's killed one, and the police are looking for him. Add in stripper Jill Ireland, and her boyfriend just come back in a stay in prison for a job he had pulled with McCallum, and suddenly Dave is looking to get out of town.... but he's purely a city creature.

There's clearly a liberal edge to this movie, as McCallum's vicious nature can be attributed to a bad environment, rote uncaring parents and bad companions. yet in order to make that point, there needs to be some sign of possible reform, and director Charles Saunders is more interested in showing us the censor-compliant strippers at the local grindhouse; McCallum is a lost cause, vicious and blaming his bad choices on everyone except himself. With no reason to sympathize with this marauding creature, why should anyone care what happens to him?