Studs Lonigan (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Studs Lonigan (1960)




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Based on James T. Farrell's classic fictional trilogy, this watered-down adaptation tells the tale of troubled Irish American youth as he struggles to grow up amidst the poverty of Chicago's South Side.

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Christopher Knight
as Studs Lonigan
Frank Gorshin
as Kenny Killarney
Venetia Stevenson
as Lucy Scanlon
Jack Nicholson
as Weary Reilly
Carolyn Craig
as Catherine Banahan
Robert Casper
as Paulie Haggerty
Dick Foran
as Patrick Lonigan
Katherine Squire
as Mrs. Lonigan
Jay C. Flippen
as Father Gilhooey
Helen Westcott
as Miss Julia Miller
Kathy Johnson
as Frances Lonigan
Jack Kruschen
as Charlie the Greek
Madame Spivy
as Mother Josephine
Jim Drum
as Jim Doyle
James Drum
as Jim Doyle
Val Hidey
as Burlesque Stripper
Opal Euard
as Mrs. Reilly
Mavis Neal
as Mrs. Haggerty
Ben Gary
as Various Roles
Stanley Adams
as Gangster
Steven Ritch
as Gangster
George Keymas
as Gangster
Phil Arnold
as Dentist
Don Garrett
as Policeman
Casey MacGregor
as Policeman
Brian O'Hara
as Funeral Mourner
Marty Crail
as Bartender
Darlene Hendrix
as New Year's Eve Party Girl
Josie Lloyd
as New Year's Eve Party Girl
Susanne Sidney
as New Year's Eve Party Girl
Kathie Browne
as Girls at Wild Party
Judy Howard
as Girls at Wild Party
Elaine Walker
as Girls at Wild Party
Lorelei Vitek
as Girls at Wild Party
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Critic Reviews for Studs Lonigan

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Clearly, Lerner didn't have the resources to do Farrell's characters and milieu justice, but it's an honorable low-budget effort ... and there are a few passages of daring editing that indicate what the film was aiming for.

May 11, 2015 | Full Review…

The picture is arty, fumbling and disconnected, with an embarrassingly amateurish performance by newcomer Christopher Knight in the title role.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

'Studs Lonigan' is an amazing testimony of the maturity that Jerry Goldsmith had already reached in just thirty years. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

James T. Farrell has denounced the film as a travesty of his novel and I agree with him. The sordidness and brutality have been left in, but the social context that gave them meaning has been excised.

July 11, 2019 | Full Review…

To cheer things up, a contrived happy ending is attached.

April 27, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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