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Street of Chance (1942)

After an accident, a New York man with amnesia finds out the ugly truth about his real identity and past by interacting with people who seem to know him well.

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

Garrett Fort (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (based on a story)
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Cast overview:
Burgess Meredith ... Frank Thompson
Claire Trevor ... Ruth Dillon
Louise Platt ... Virginia Thompson
Sheldon Leonard ... Joe Marruci
Frieda Inescort ... Alma Diedrich
Jerome Cowan ... Bill Diedrich
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Grandma Diedrich
Arthur Loft ... Sheriff Lew Stebbins
Clancy Cooper ... Burke
Paul Phillips Paul Phillips ... Schoeder
Keith Richards ... Intern
Ann Doran ... Miss Peabody
Cliff Clark ... Ryan, (Policeman)
Edwin Maxwell ... Stillwell, D.A.
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A nerd discovers he's wanted for murder, after escaping death from wreckage plummeting from a skyscraper. Passerby Frank Thompson wakes up in the street, believing it's his lucky day, then rushes home to be told that he left his wife a year ago, with no explanation. Raven-haired Virginia is thrilled to have her sexy geek back in one piece. But as fearsome Danny Nearing, the amnesiac's the target of a city-wide manhunt. Thompson's forced onto a black path of fear, delving for the truth about his lost year, and his sudden amnesia which almost caused his bride to wear black. For the past year, as Nearing, he's carried on a torrid affair with a phantom lady, sexy blonde Ruth Dillon, who has no intention of letting him go back to the wife he claims he has. Is he the brutal killer ? The meek Thompson can't believe that, but how can he counter overwhelming evidence, when he's a small man lost behind a black curtain ? Written by David Stevens

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Curtain See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcasts took place in Chicago Tuesday 6 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by New York City Friday 30 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Detroit it first aired 22 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Pittsburgh 7 October 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Milwaukee 13 October 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), and in Omaha 19 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7). See more »

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Version of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Black Curtain (1962) See more »

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Despite some big cliches, worth seeing.
8 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Street of Chance" is an old movie that was meant as a B-movie. In other words, a shorter and cheaper film to accompany the main feature. So, even though the story is filled with some silly cliches, I could look past this because the movie wasn't intended to be perfect...or anything close to it!

Frank (Burgess Meredith) is walking down a city street when debris from a building falls on him. He's mostly okay...mostly. Although he hasn't broken any bones, he has broken his brain. In other words, he has amnesia and can't remember who he is and has trouble remembering recent details of his life. Eventually, he learns that he's wanted for murder....and he's determined to prove his innocence. To help him with this is a woman (Claire Trevor) who tells Frank she's his girlfriend. But can he trust her or anyone else??

The notion of getting bonked on the head and developing an all new personality is popular--particularly in 1950s and 60s TV shows. In reality, such accidents and reactions are rare. Again, I wasn't trying to say it was believable...just mildly interesting and mildly entertaining.


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