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BRITISH NEO NOIR 'JUNGLE STREET' AKA 'JUNGLE STREET GIRLS'

David McCallum and Gillian Watt with Anne Scott in JUNGLE STREET aka JUNGLE STREET GIRLS Year: 1960
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 but far superior, a heist thriller that takes a long road to get there with many twisty avenues...

The second lead is freshly-sprung convict Kenneth Cope, a handsome, experienced, bitter lad with a 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...
Marian Collins in JUNGLE STREET aka JUNGLE STREET GIRLS 
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...
Brian Weske pulling a passive-aggressive blackmail in JUNGLE STREET Rating: ****1/2
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...

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.
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Faye Craig in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Faye Craig in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Headliner Jill Ireland in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Vanda Hudson in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Headliner Jill Ireland in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Jill Ireland in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS with Howard Pays
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS with Kenneth Cope
Jill Ireland in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS with Kenneth Cope
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS with Jill Ireland
David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS with Jill Ireland
John Chandos and Jacqueline Jones in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
John Chandos and Julie Shearing in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Anne Scott and Gillian Watt in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Anne Scott in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Jill Ireland and Faye Craig in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Kenneth Cole and Vanda Hudson in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Joy Webster and Brian Weske in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
David McCullem checks up on his news with Brian Weske in JUNGLE STREET
Jill Ireland in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Jill Ireland in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Jill Ireland in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Vanda Hudson in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Jill Ireland and David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS
Kenneth Cope and David McCallum in JUNGLE STREET GIRLS

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