The Young Philadelphians (The City Jungle)
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The Young Philadelphians (The City Jungle)
Something of an urbanized, upscale version of Peyton Place, Vincent Sherman's The Young Philadelphians is a glossy adaptation of Richard Powell's bestselling novel The Philadelphians that revels in melodrama. The film opens strongly, with a lengthy 1924 prologue. Socialite Kate Lawrence (Diane Brewster) jilts impoverished lover Mike Flannagan (Brian Keith) in favor of wealthy William Lawrence (Adam West). On their wedding night, William drunkenly announces that he's impotent and commits suicide (this scene should fascinate Batman fans). Returning to Mike, Kate has a child by him,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The trials and tribulations of the rich, like those of the poor, can be undramatic."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Smart drama featuring Paul Newman in early role."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Paul Newman gives a strong performance in Vincent Sherman's glossy melodrama about a young, cynical, ambitious man, born on the wrong side of the tracks but determined to change his lot."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Classy soapsuds with a cast that's better than the movie."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Based on a very popular novel, the film is a competent but undistinguished adaptation that breathes only through the presence of its dynamic star."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Newman, by then established as a big star, might have chosen better than this over-two-hour-long soap opera."
‑ , Film4
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