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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 »
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Side-Swiped See more (28 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)
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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)
 
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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 Naked City TV series (1958-63) and is even set in New York City. Also has the actor Harry Bellaver who plays "Larry" in this movie and later played "Detective Frank Arcaro" in the Naked City tv 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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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Side-Swiped, 1 July 2005
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

**SPOILERS** Film that shows that even the most honest of us can get a little crazy when financial conditions warrant.

Part-time letter carrier Joe Norson, Farley Granger, has dreams about him and his wife living the life of luxury and traveling the world over in style. In reality Joe is down on his luck barely able to support himself with his job, as a part-time flexible, in the Post office much less his wife Ellen, Cathy O'Donnell, and a little one on the way. Delivering mail to attorney Victor Backett, Edmon Ryan, one morning Joe notices two $100.00 bills fall out of a folder from Backett's filing cabinet; all of a sudden a bell rang in Joe's head.

The next day Joe again delivering mail to Backett notices the office door opened and the place empty. Joe sees his chance to take the two hundred dollars in Backetts file cabinet and use it to pay for his wife and soon to be born child's medical expenses. Finding the cabinet locked Joe goes outside and see an ax, for the use if there's a fire, in the hallway and uses it to break into it and take the folder that he saw the money in the day before.

On an empty roof-top Joe, to his utter surprise, sees that the folder doesn't contain just the $200.00 that he thought was in it but $30,000.00 in cold hard cash. What Joe is soon to find out is that the money is a blackmail payment from Emil Lorrison, Paul Harvey, that Backett and his co-blackmailer "Big George" Garsell, James Craig, took from the other blackmailer working with them party girl "Lucky" Lucille Colner, Adele Jergens. It was "Lucky" Lucille who's body was found floating in the East River that morning.

Joe guilt-ridden at what he did tries to return the stolen cash but doesn't know quite just how without ending up behind bars for grand larceny. It's then that Joe gives the secretly wrapped-up cash to bar owner Gus Heldon, John Gallaudet, for safe keeping telling him that it's a gift for is wife Ellen. Joe later goes to see Backett to somehow get him to take his money back but Backett tells Joe he has no idea what he's talking about! The 30 grand is hot and unknowing to Joe can lead whoever has it straight to the electric chair for the murder of "Lucky" Lucille.

The move "Side Street" then takes on the form of a man on the run from both the hoods after him to not only get their money back but rub Joe out to keep him from talking to the police with the cop also looking for Joe as a suspect in the murder of barkeeper Gus who "Big George" tracked down and strangled in order to get the blackmail money back.

Joe needing proof that he had nothing to do with Gus' murder finds a photo of "Big George's" former girlfriend Harriette Sinton, Jean Hagen, in the stolen folder. Tracking Hrriette down to the Les Artisets nightclub, where she's working as a singer, Joe does his best to get her to open up about the "Big" man telling Harriette that he's a old friend of "Big George" and would like to know where he lives. Noticing Joe going through her purse as she went backstage to change Harriett, smelling a rat, calls "Big George" thus setting Joe up to be ambushed.

Exciting final as Joe is knocked out kidnapped and about to be deep-sixth in the East River by "Big George" and his partner taxi driver Larry Giff, Harry Belaver. There's a hair-raising ride through the Wall Street as well as the Washington Park section, that was later demolished to make way for the tragic World Trade Center complex, in downtown Manhattan with the cops hot on "Big George" and Larry's tail.

Joe who's sense of honesty almost cost him his life, and his young wife Ellen the loss of a sweet and caring husband and breadwinner, in the end not only becomes a father and future role model to his new born son but also a hero in the eyes of the people of New York City as well.

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