Being the child of someone famous can be both a blessing and a curse. A famous surname can open a lot of doors career-wise, but more often than not it leads to a life in the shadows of mum or dad. Charles Chaplin Jr. found that out the hard way. Named after his silent movie star father, Junior was gifted roles in several of dad’s movies, but fame eluded him and he died at age 43 of an alcohol-related illness.
His little brother Sydney fared much better. Though he too inherited very little of his old man’s genius or drive, Syd was a happy-go-lucky type who never let the spectre of his surname bother him. Syd appeared in a couple of his dad’s movies starting with 1952’s Limelight, but was often cast in ethnic support roles. His biggest hits came via Broadway musical theatre, but before that he starred in one decent little genre flick, the British thriller The Deadliest Sin, aka Confession. The problem is, hardly anyone has ever seen it.
Syd plays Mike, a ruthless two-bit crook who has returned to England after pulling a bank heist in America. We soon learn that Mike has double-crossed his partner in the robbery, who shows up demanding his cut of the loot. The two crims get into a tussle on the street and are spotted by Mike’s sister’s boyfriend, Alan (Peter Hammond), who stops to see what all the ruckus is about. In the resulting melee, Alan shoots Mike’s partner/opponent in the back, killing him.
Source: Televised Revolution
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