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Side Street (1950) Poster

(1950)

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The drugstore that Joe Norson calls from is the set of another MGM "film noir", Tension (1949), which was shooting at approximately the same time.
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The address given for Lorrison, 170 Central Park West, is the address of the New York Historical Society.
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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.
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This film was a failure at the box office for MGM, resulting in a loss of $467,000 ($4.86M in 2017) according to studio records.
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The $30,000 in blackmail money at the time of this film would equate to about $306,000 in 2017.
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At about 56-57 minutes into the film there are brief shots - both interior and exterior - of the famous and long-established West Village gay piano bar Marie's Crisis Cafe.
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Director Anthony Mann's final film noir. After this he would mostly make westerns.
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According to Eddie Muller on TCM's Noir Alley (2017-10-15), Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell first appeared together in They Live by Night (1948), filmed at RKO Pictures in 1947 but put on the shelf by new studio boss Howard Hughes. Former RKO Production Chief Dore Schary feared the picture would never be released, so he paired the actors again in Side Street (1950) at his new studio, M-G-M. Hughes learned of this and, wanting to beat Schary to the punch, finally released "They Live by Night" in the USA in November 1949, just a few weeks before "Side Street" opened nationwide.
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Film debut of Ben Cooper.
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French visa # 104222.
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