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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from APPROVED votes
||Release: 30 May 1959 /
||Director: Vincent Sherman,
||Synopsis: Up and coming, young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. His personal and professional skills are tested as he ...
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By 1959, Paul Newman's career was moving into high gear, with CAT ON A HOT
TIN ROOF, THE LONG, HOT SUMMER, and SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME all
and commercial successes. Even his harshest critics grudgingly admitted he
was far more than just a "Brando look-alike" (as he had been labeled in
first films), but his contract to Warner Bros. forced him to also appear
potboilers (THE HELEN MORGAN STORY), and misguided comedies (RALLY 'ROUND
THE FLAG, BOYS!), and Newman was chafing at the bit to be able to pick and
choose his own projects.
Vincent Sherman's THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS, the last film under Newman's
contract, proved to be one of the best, and he showed the dazzling
and near-arrogant confidence that would mark many of his films of the next
decade. As Anthony Judson Lawrence, illegitimate son of Brian Keith
(performed with a brogue and a wink, as Keith was, actually, less than 4
years older than Newman), and social climbing mother Diane Brewster, he
carried the name of an 'upper crust' father (Adam West, as wooden as he
would be in "Batman"), whose homosexuality had been carefully hidden and
whose inability to 'perform' and suicidal death on his wedding night would
result in a 'deal' between mother and in-laws; the boy could keep the
but would not have access to the family fortune.
Flashing ahead a few years, Lawrence is a strapping, 'blue collar' kind of
guy, much to the chagrin of his mother, who hopes that his name will gain
him inroads into Philadelphia 'society'. Working construction with his
unknown to him) birth father, between semesters at law school, he meets
pretty socialite Joan Dickinson (Barbara Rush), who quickly falls for his
sweaty, sexy charm. Lawrence's best friend, to his mother's relief, is
alcoholic fellow student 'Chet' Gwynn (Robert Vaughn, in an
role), heir of another elite family, who sees in Lawrence a personal
he lacks. Vaughn's performance is a film highlight, quite similar to Lew
Ayres' role in HOLIDAY, twenty years earlier, through the early part of
Young Lawrence is fighting his mother's battle for acceptance, and, in the
first of several 'upwardly mobile' decisions, he postpones a quick
to Joan, in return for help in his law career. While he is convinced the
delay would help the two of them, it costs him her love. Bitterly, he
decides to 'play the game', using whatever means necessary to get ahead.
With a brief interruption by the Korean War, his career flourishes, aided
a willingness to use 'inside' information to obtain a choice clerking
appointment, while toying with a near-affair with the 'younger' wife of
aged lawyer he is studying with (Alexis Smith, gloriously beautiful at
When he achieves a spot in a prestigious law firm, he 'woos' a major
(Billie Burke) over to him. With unscrupulous ease, he reaches a pinnacle
his mother had only dreamed of.
But Lawrence's world is about to come crashing down, as Gwynn, his college
friend, crippled in Korea, has been arrested for murder, and begs the
to represent him. The trial promises to expose the seamy underbelly of
Philadelphia society, revealing secrets that could destroy many lives,
including his own.
Lawrence faces a moral dilemma, whether to save his friend, or preserve
fiction of his own life...
Entertaining and at times powerful, THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS is a fitting
conclusion to the early stage of Paul Newman's career; ahead was EXODUS,
a decade of roles that would cement his position as a superstar!
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