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Stake Out on Dope Street (1958)

This low-budget exploitation film combines melodrama with a semi-documentary style. It sought to tap the burgeoning youth market with its story of three teenaged boys who discover a stolen canister of heroin.  The final scene features a chilling and disturbing execution in a gas chamber. The film was produced and directed by Philadelphia-born Irvin Kirschner (1923–2010), who was best known for directing Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

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