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Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)

Julian ‘Ves’ Vespucci (Jonathan Haze) finds a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. He throws away the can and sells the suitcase to pawnbroker Samuel Alber (Edward Schaaf).

When Vas and his teenage buddies Jim (Yale Wexler) and Nick (Steven Marlo) read in the papers that the can contained 2lbs of uncut heroin and belonged to a drug dealer who killed two narcotics agents in a shootout, they go back to look for the can, find it, and decide – naively –  to go into the heroin selling business.

However, the drug dealer and his gang also want the heroin back, find out the boys have it and set out to hunt them down and get back their dope.

The police are also out looking for them and the heroin – and in their case, it would be a lot better if the cops found them before mobster Mr Fennel (Herschel Bernardi) and his boys.

The film was financed by Roger Corman who was executive producer. He provided $15,000 of the budget.

Jim Bowers
Yale Wexler
Julian ‘Ves’ Vespucci
Jonathan Haze
Nick Raymond
Steven Marlo (Morris Miller)
Abby Dalton
Allen Kramer
Mitch Swardurski
Herman Rudin
Lenny Potter
Philip Mansour
Capt. Richard R. Allen
Frank Harding
William Shaw
Andrew J. Fenady
Officer Lynn Donahue
Slate Harlow
Mr Fennel
Herschel Bernardi
Nick’s girl
Carol Nelson
Samuel Alber
Edward Schaaf
Sgt. Fred Matthews
Matt Resnick

Irvin Kershner