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Two Fingers of Pride (1955)

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Two Fingers of Pride was a play about corruption on the New York city docks, and was written by Jim Longhi, who as a lawyer had previously represented the downtrodden dockworkers against their corrupt overlords.

The play featured a very high calibre cast, of which Steve was the only unproven actor. Garry Merrill played the lead role, and Steve McQueen played the second lead. Steve's role was that of 'Nino', Merrill's character's younger brother.

'Nino' was a significant role, and Steve shone in it. In the words of Jim Longhi, "This original, primitive, self-taught kid gets up onstage every night with these terrific pros and wins the race".

It was presented at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine as a summer tryout. The producers had hopes of taking it to Broadway, but failed in that endeavour.