Venturing into L.A.'s poorest sections for some local color, an author (Beverly Garland) makes the acquaintance of a homeless man (Leslie Nielsen), and soon learns that her new friend harbors manuscripts marked by genius. Looking to promote him as a new find, a past that he'd have preferred to have kept buried comes to light. Effective, little-seen drama co-stars Roddy McDowall, Leo Penn. 104 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.