Cliff plays Ivanhoe Martin, a poor man with a gift for singing and a dream of fame. The plot is spotty and a little bit comic book, but the scenery is lush and the verité shots of urban life set the mood.
Given a chance to record a song, Martin is cheated by the studio and goes underground as a violent criminal, becoming an unlikely folk hero among the poor of West Kingston. At the end, he's on the run as the strains of his record are heard all through the streets, and -- apologies for the spoiler -- things will not end well for him.
Susan Froyd, in another life, toiled for a few years in some of Denver's most beloved and belated repertory cinemas. She has also seen a lot of movies over a lot of years. In this weekly series, she'll recommend forgotten films, classics, cult favorites and other dusty reels of celluloid from the past. You might like it.