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Pickup on South Street (1953)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  1 August 1953 (Japan)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

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On a crowded subway, Skip McCoy picks the purse of Candy. Among his take, although he does not know it at the time, is a piece of top-secret microfilm that was being passed by Candy's consort, a Communist agent. Candy discovers the whereabouts of the film through Moe Williams, a police informer. She attempts to seduce McCoy to recover the film. She fails to get back the film and falls in love with him. The desperate agent exterminates Moe and savagely beats Candy. McCoy, now goaded into action, confronts the agent in a particularly brutal fight in a subway. Written by alfiehitchie

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How the law took a chance on a B-girl... and won!


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After Shelley Winters, the first choice as star had to drop out, Betty Grable was assigned the role. Grable, not wanting to take on a downcast role, declined to play Candy. Twentieth Century-Fox then put her on suspension. Other versions claim that Grable turned down the role because she was pregnant. See more »

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When Joey leaves the basement after assaulting the police officer, he walks out of the shot, then a cat is obviously thrown into the frame. See more »

Quotes

Moe Williams: What's the matter with you? Playing footsie with the Commies!
Skip McCoy: You waving the flag, too?
Moe Williams: Listen, I knew you since you was a little kid. You was always a regular kind of crook. I never figured you for a louse.
Skip McCoy: Stop, you're breaking my heart.
Moe Williams: Even in our crummy line of business you gotta draw the line somewhere.
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Film Noir at it's FINEST! Yippee!!
22 January 2002 | by (AZ) – See all my reviews

I watched this last night on TV (HBO). I have to admit, that the tension in this movie was unsurpassed by most other FN era movies. I loved the way Chip would be all calm one moment and then VIOLENT the very next moment. It was classic. Ahh yes. The dames, the villians, the cigars and thuggish cops! It has it all. This movie delivered all the goods to me. I especially loved the way they mixed communism into the plot, very common for this era of movie. Very daring also since blacklisting was popular in those days. I rate this movie one of the best I have seen in the FN genre!


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