Born on October 25th, 1928
From New York, New York, USA
When a shipment of repeating rifles is stolen from the U.S. Cavalry, Capt. Haven (Stuart Whitman) and Sgt. Franklyn are sent to recover them and enlist the aid of an alcoholic former confederate and Indian hater, James Lassiter (Richard Boone) and a Mexican murderer, Rodriguez (Tony Franciosa). Lassiter, who owns one of the rifles, says it came from his embittered former commander Col. Pardee, while an Apache woman informant reveals that Pardee intends to sell the stolen arms to her people.
Sam Lawson (Anthony Franciosa), an ambitious actor and World War II veteran, moves to New York City determined to do anything to make a name for himself on Broadway. When Sam's friend Maury (Dean Martin), an aspiring director, refuses to cast Sam in his show, Sam responds by courting Maury's girlfriend, Sharon (Shirley MacLaine). However, after the two men learn they have been blacklisted for their communist affiliations, they decide to resolve their differences and work together.
Based on the play by Michael V. Gazzo, this screen drama focuses on Johnny Pope (Don Murray), a Korean War vet with a severe morphine habit. Though Johnny tries to keep his addiction a secret from his pregnant wife, Celia (Eva Marie Saint), and his brother, Polo (Anthony Franciosa), his deception becomes difficult to maintain, especially in the confines of their small apartment. When Johnny and Polo's estranged father turns up, the stage is set for plenty of family conflict.