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Pickup on South Street (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 1 August 1953 (Japan)
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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$780,000 (estimated)
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Marilyn Monroe sat in on a rehearsal and actually read for the role of Candy. While director Samuel Fuller liked her very much, he said she was wrong for the part, telling her that her "overwhelming sensuality" was wrong for the story. See more »

Goofs

A patented formula doesn't need to be stolen and smuggled out of the country. All you need to do is read the patent, it is public information. The entire premise of the patent system is to allow inventions to become well known in exchange for protecting the inventor's rights for a limited time. Secret weapons and trade secrets aren't patented, that's what keeps them secret. See more »

Quotes

Skip McCoy: Pack up the pitch with the charge or drive me back to my shack.
Capt. Dan Tiger: I'll drive you back in a hearse if you don't get the kink out of your mouth!
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Remade as The Cape Town Affair (1967) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
[love theme for Candy and Skip]
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Grifters, B-girls, secret microfilm: great ingredients for film noir...
29 October 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Director Samuel Fuller concocts a brilliant visual set-up to this gritty story: cocky pickpocket unwittingly lifts some microfilm from a woman's purse; it turns out she's a courier for the Communists, and now they are both being watched by the police. The noir formula in all its 1950s glory--before the ingredients became clichés--including waterfront locales, floozies, saxophones on the soundtrack, and one hell of a climactic fistfight. Performances by Richard Widmark and Jean Peters are right on target, and the smart, sharp script is quite colorful. Fabulous Thelma Ritter received an Oscar nomination for knockout supporting role as a "professional stoolie". Exciting, atmospheric, tough as nails. *** from ****


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