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Director:
Writers:
Sydney Boehm (story)
Sydney Boehm (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 March 1950 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Where temptation lurks! See more »
Plot:
A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
textbook noir is helped by strong Anthony Mann direction and punchy dialog See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Farley Granger ... Joe Norson

Cathy O'Donnell ... Ellen Norson
James Craig ... Georgie Garsell
Paul Kelly ... Captain Walter Anderson

Jean Hagen ... Harriet Sinton
Paul Harvey ... Emil Lorrison
Edmon Ryan ... Victor Backett

Charles McGraw ... Stanley Simon
Edwin Max ... Nick Drumman (as Ed Max)
Adele Jergens ... Lucille 'Lucky' Colner
Harry Bellaver ... Larry Giff

Whit Bissell ... Harold Simpsen
John Gallaudet ... Gus Heldon
Esther Somers ... Mrs. Malby
Harry Antrim ... Mr. Malby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobo ... Dog (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Woman (uncredited) (voice)
Margaret Brayton ... Woman Clerk (uncredited)
John Butler ... Elevator Man (uncredited)
Frank Conlan ... Night Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Ben Cooper ... Young Man at Cleaners (uncredited)
Walter Craig ... Radio Clerk (uncredited)
Marie Crisis ... Headwaitress (uncredited)
George David ... Syrian Proprietor (uncredited)
Peter DeBear ... Tommy Drumman, Jr. (uncredited)
Anthony Dexter ... Radio Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Diamond ... Bum (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Det. Gottschalk (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Mother (uncredited)
Kathryn Givney ... Nurse Carter (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... Fingerprint Expert (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Policewoman Florence (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Rivers (uncredited)
William Hansen ... Dr. Harry Sternberg (uncredited)
Bee Humphries ... Mrs. Farnol (uncredited)
Brett King ... Pigeon Man (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Lorrison's Apartment Doorman (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Bartender (uncredited)
Margie Liszt ... Woman (voice) (uncredited)
Ellen Lowe ... Mrs. Rivers (uncredited)
George Lynn ... Frank (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Charlie (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Dave (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Police Monitor (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
Tom McElhaney ... News Vendor (uncredited)
W.P. McWatters ... Tommy Drummon, Jr. (uncredited)
Lynn Millan ... Les Artises Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Milkman (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Ismot Kimal (uncredited)
James O'Neill ... Priest (uncredited)
Ollie O'Toole ... Voice (voice) (uncredited)
John Phillips ... Detective (uncredited)
Angi O. Poulos ... Ahmed (uncredited)
Ralph Riggs ... Cleaners Proprieter (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Manny (uncredited)
Sarah Selby ... 2nd Nurse (uncredited)
Ransom M. Sherman ... Lucky's Apartment Super (uncredited)
Dan Terranova ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Peter M. Thompson ... Mickey (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Louie (uncredited)
George Tyne ... Det. Roffman (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Garsell's Landlady (uncredited)
Joe Verdi ... Vendor (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Photographer (uncredited)
Mildred Wall ... Mrs. Glickburn (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Lucky's Housekeeper (uncredited)
James Westerfield ... Patrolman Charlie (uncredited)
David Wolfe ... Smitty (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
 
Writing credits
Sydney Boehm (story)

Sydney Boehm (screenplay)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard W. Koch .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Charles DeCrof .... associate set decorator (as Charles de Crof)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Charles E. Wallace .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
 
Stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Fischer .... camera operator (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Leo Monlon .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Don McDougall .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Annick Rougerie .... (press attache France 2005 re-release ) (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
83 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
France:U | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13954)

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
textbook noir is helped by strong Anthony Mann direction and punchy dialog, 19 August 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Side Street opens with narration that is practically omniscient, or at least as much as a New York City cop can get, and put over a very explicitly edited sequence showing various workers and people all across the city. Then it moves right into the saga of Joe (as in 'Average Joe' one might think), who is a postal delivery man who gets tempted by greed when he realizes the same amount is left in a drawer of one of the people he drops off for- $200- which would be just enough to get some new things for his wife and their kid on the way. He takes what's in there (a little grin for when he finds the crowbar to pry open the drawer as a cat watches), but later discovers it's $30,000, which as the narrator tells us is "much too much" for Joe to even think about ever having. He hides it, but it gets switched around from the bartender he left it with, and a nefarious criminal is out to get it as well, who originally left it in the drawer. Joe is racked with guilt, but can't turn himself in all the way: he'll do into part of the seedy underbelly to get it back and clear his name.

And so goes one of those stories that one might find under the dictionary if one went to look for B-noir archetypes (A-noir would probably be Double Indemnity, if it could be considered as such). Even if the femme fatale is reduced to a supporting role (Jean Hagen as the floozy Harriet, a nightclub singer who has a great scene with Granger's Joe), you've got the existential protagonist who's down on his luck and can't stand being a criminal for too long, and the cops who are out to get him and whomever, and the real villain (George played by James Craig fairly typically) who is the most desperate of all to escape at all costs. Granger and O'Connell come close to doing a reprisal of their parts in They Live By Night, only this time with the complication of a baby thrown in right away, and the sides of good conscience always present except for an instance (really amusing) when she screams on the phone to Joe "RUN, RUN AWAY" when prodded to talk him out of what he's doing by the cops.

A lot of this, to those who are only somewhat familiar with the attitude of a solid noir thriller, isn't too surprising, and comes close to being average in story material. But it's heightened terrifically by Anthony Mann's direction; it would be one thing if material like this, which could be found in any pulp mystery magazine of the period for ten cents, was filmed with only competence and some skill in the storytelling. But many of the images in Side Street are indelible and essential for the sub-genre. If for nothing else it's a tour-de-force as far as pure film-making goes, as shots in the shadows are incredible (I loved the nightclub scene in the first images, cutting back and forth between Joe and Harriet), and the editing to go along with it is taut and hard-edged for the period and budget, particularly in the climactic chase through New York City's downtown areas. And, if nothing else should strike as a reason to see it, as far as NYC movies go it's a keeper, with the feeling as gritty as possible through the use of real streets and people and cars and accidents and dark alleys.

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