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Side Street (1949)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 14 December 1949 (USA)
A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences.

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Georgie Garsell
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Captain Walter Anderson
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Harriet Sinton
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Emil Lorrison
Edmon Ryan ...
Victor Backett
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Stanley Simon
Edwin Max ...
Nick Drumman (as Ed Max)
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Lucille 'Lucky' Colner
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Larry Giff
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Harold Simpsen
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Gus Heldon
Esther Somers ...
Mrs. Malby
Harry Antrim ...
Mr. Malby
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Joe Norson, a poor letter carrier with a sweet, pregnant wife, yields to momentary temptation and steals $30,000 belonging to a pair of ruthless blackmailers who won't stop at murder. After a few days of soul-searching, Joe offers to return the money, only to find that the "friend" he left it with has absconded. Now every move Joe makes plunges him deeper into trouble, as he's pursued and pursuing through the shadowy, sinister side of New York. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Where temptation lurks! See more »


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14 December 1949 (USA)  »

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La rue de la mort  »

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$935,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This movie begins like the TV series Naked City (1958) and is even set in New York City. Harry Bellaver, who plays "Larry" in this movie, played Det. Frank Arcaro in the "Naked City" series. See more »

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Capt. Walter Anderson: New York City: an architectural jungle where fabulous wealth and the deepest squalor live side by side. New York is the busiest, the loneliest, the kindest, and the cruelest of cities - a murder a day, every day of the year and each murder will wind up on my deak.
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Featured in Side Street: Where Temptation Lurks (2007) See more »

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EASY TO LOVE
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Written by Cole Porter (1936)
Sung by Jean Hagen (dubbed)
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Stylish film noir
19 March 1999 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

"Side Street" is a stylish, if convoluted murder mystery about a failed small-time business man (Joe Norson) who is tempted into committing a robbery. Unfortunately the money he takes belongs to a couple of ruthless blackmailers, who aren't impressed when Joe offers to return it - mainly because the "friend" he left it with for safe-keeping helped himself to it. From then on, everything Joe tries gets him deeper into trouble.

Over-long and over-complicated, but competently made and in best film noir style makes good use of light and shade. Conveys well the general seediness and desperation of small-timers trying to make the big time in New York.

Very watchable, not least for Jean Hagen as the vamp who sets the guys up.


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