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Side Street (1929)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 15 September 1929 (USA)
Three successful Irish brothers cross paths in a very unexpected way.



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Complete credited cast:
Dennis O'Farrell
John O'Farrell
Mrs. Nora O'Farrell
Kathleen Doyle (as Kathryn Perry)
Mr. Tom O'Farrell
Charles Byer ...
Maxse Kimball
Arthur Housman ...
Henchman Silk Ruffo
Walter MacNamara ...
Patrick Doyle (as Walter McNamara)

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Brothers Jimmy O'Farrell (a police officer) and John O'Farrell (a police surgeon) begin to suspect their brother Dennis is a racketeer after a shooting occurs in front of their parent's brownstone and John treats a beating victim in Dennis' apartment. Dennis' family believe that he is a successful businessman, when in fact, he is the leader of the infamous Muller gang. Dennis is using the name Barney Muller. Jimmy promotes to detective and proposes to his girlfriend, Kathleen. Shortly thereafter, Kathleen attends a party given by "Muller" She learns that Muller's henchman "Silk" is the gunman involved in the murder in front of the O'Farrell apartment. Kathleen tells Jimmy, but she is overheard by one of Muller's men, and plans are made to dispose of Kathleen and Jimmy. Dennis realizes his cover has been blown and he learns of the plot against Jimmy. Dennis and John rush to warn Jimmy but they arrive just as Jimmy is being ambushed. Dennis saves Jimmy, but is shot by his own gang. ... Written by Trisha Warren

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

15 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Forty-Ninth Street  »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film to star Tom Moore (I)', Matt Moore and Owen Moore, who were famous as brothers who had all achieved stardom. See more »


Jimmy O'Farrell: Hello, Patrick. How are you tonight?
Patrick Doyle: Well, I'm better than I was before I was as bad as I am now.
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Take a Look at Her Now
Music Oscar Levant)
Lyrics by Sidney Clare)
Sung by June Clyde and Danced by George Raft and chorus girls
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Creaky early talkie
19 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of RKO's first films. It's also the only pairing of all three Moore brothers. It also features nightclub dancer George Raft in one of his first attempts to break into films (after this he didn't appear again until 1931 when he was "discovered.") Sadly, this film is all curiosity value and nothing else. The Moore brothers are mostly terrible (Owen, playing the gangster, being the only one with any talent for handling dialogue). Raft is actually better and livelier than the Moore boys even though his part is slim. There is also no music score whatsoever, outside of the nightclub sequence with Raft, thus what little dramatic force the film has is left dry by the silent soundtrack. The story is the typical brothers-gone-separate-ways stuff (one is a cop involved in murder case that leads to other brother who is gangster) with the only difference being that there is a third brother (a doctor) in the middle. But the Doctor's part isn't very interesting, so it doesn't distract from the clichés, unfortunately. Sound killed the Moore brothers' careers and this film easily shows us why.

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