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Down Three Dark Streets (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 2 September 1954 (USA)
When FBI Agent Zack Stewart is killed, Agent John Ripley takes over the three cases he was working on, hoping one will lead to his killer. The first involves gangster Joe Walpo and Ripley ... See full summary »

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FBI Agent John 'Rip' Ripley
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Kate Martell
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Connie Anderson
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Julie Angelino
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Dave Millson (as Casey Adams)
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FBI Agent Zack Stewart
Gene Reynolds ...
Vince Angelino
William Johnstone ...
FBI Chief Frank Pace
Harlan Warde ...
FBI Agent Greg Barker
Jay Adler ...
Uncle Max Charles Martell
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Matty Pavelich
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Brenda Ralles
Myra Marsh ...
Mrs. Downes
Joe Bassett ...
Joe Walpo aka Joe Allen
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When FBI Agent Zack Stewart is killed, Agent John Ripley takes over the three cases he was working on, hoping one will lead to his killer. The first involves gangster Joe Walpo and Ripley finds his hideout through Joe's girl friend, Connie Anderson. Joe is killed but it is established he was 400 miles away when Stewart was murdered. The next involves a car-theft gang which Ripley breaks up by using one of the gang, Vince Angelino and his wife Julie. The last case involves Kate Martell, the victim of an extortionist who threatens to kidnap her child unless she pays him $10,000. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The hit-and-gun story of the mobsters and molls who race down the hidden highways to the underworld...and the cops who have to hunt them, corner them, wipe them out! See more »

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Drei dunkle Straßen  »

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Kate Martell: This isn't like me to go to pieces like this. It's not knowing when he's going to call again. Every time the phone rings I jump.
FBI Agent John 'Rip' Ripley: That's the pattern of extortionists, Mrs. Martell. To frighten you to the point you'll do whatever he wants. But we won't let 'em.
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Should Be Better Known
25 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When FBI Agent Zack Stewart is killed, Agent John Ripley takes over the three cases he was working on, hoping one will lead to his killer. The first involves gangster Joe Walpo and Ripley finds his hideout through Joe's girl friend, Connie Anderson. Joe is killed but it is established he was 400 miles away when Stewart was murdered. The next involves a car-theft gang which Ripley breaks up by using one of the gang, Vince Angelino and his wife Julie. The last case involves Kate Martell, the victim of an extortionist who threatens to kidnap her child unless she pays him $10,000.

This certainly is an interesting look at FBI cases and procedures, with them using bulky equipment to spy on neighbors, intercept phone calls and make identifications. But this was the 1950s, when such things were primitive and relatively innocent. (The FBI surveillance went too far in the 1960s and was shut down by the courts.) Very interesting film, well worth being better known. And the film quality seems to have held up very nicely over the years. The one on Netflix looks great.


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