Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Based on the life of boxer Rocky Graziano, Somebody Up There Likes Me tells the story of a quick-tempered street thug from the Lower East Side with a history of petty crimes, who eventually turns his life around and becomes the World Middleweight Champion. James Dean was the original choice to play the title role, but … Continue reading Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

C.H.U.D. (1984)

It's October and in anticipation of Halloween, I'm looking at two early 80's horror films shot in NYC. The first is 1984's "C.H.U.D.," which supposedly stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, but as the story unfolds, it's discovered that it stands for something more sinister. Probably inspired by news reports of discarded alligators growing in the New … Continue reading C.H.U.D. (1984)

The Wrong Man (1956)

"The Wrong Man" is a docudrama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Harold J. Stone. The film is based on the true story of a Queens resident, Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero, a professional musician who was wrongfully charged with a series of local robberies. Shot in and around New York City, … Continue reading The Wrong Man (1956)

Serpico (1973)

Adapted from Peter Maas's book, Sidney Lumet's drama portrays the real-life struggle of an honest city cop against a corrupt system. Starring Al Pacino as the titular character, and filmed on location in every borough of New York (except Staten Island), "Serpico" effectively captures the life of a lone cop in New York City during the 1960's and 70's. … Continue reading Serpico (1973)

The Rag Man (1925)

In this silent film, a runaway orphan forms a partnership with a junk dealer on the Lower East Side and helps him make his fortune, while also curing him of his loneliness. The film stars an 11-year-old Jackie Coogan, who shares the screen with the underrated Jewish comic actor Max Davidson and a horse named 'Dynamite.' It … Continue reading The Rag Man (1925)