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Ma Dibson, her son, daughter and daughter-in-law happily greet son Lefty as he is released from prison. The family makes its living by stealing from (mostly) servicemen who the two younger women meet in bars. Ma insists that Lefty lay low since a local policeman is watching him closely. But old habits die hard and the entire family runs afoul of the law after a local bar owner is shot during an attempted robbery.Written by
Ron Kerrigan <email@example.com>
MGM usually produced smoother B-films than MAIN STREET AFTER DARK, a curious item that starts out as a small-town study of crime, turns into a family melodrama about a bunch of pick-pockets and thieves, and then turns deadly serious when a murder is committed and the "crime doesn't pay" theme is attached to the unhappy ending.
SELENA ROYLE is the tough head of a crime family (in the sort of role you'd expect to find Shelley Winters) with TOM TROUT and DAN DURYEA as her criminal sons and AUDREY TOTTER as her wise-cracking daughter-in-law. The story involves girls who prey on soldiers and sailors to steal their wallets and anything else for financial gain so the profits can be turned over to the local pawnbroker (HUME CRONYN).
It's rather slow going even for a film that lasts just under an hour and leads to an obvious "crime doesn't pay" sort of conclusion.
The treatment is dated and heavy-handed with EDWARD ARNOLD in one of his least convincing roles as a detective committed to solving the series of petty crimes that eventually lead to a murder.
Summing up: You'll find the cast interesting but the plot is strictly by the numbers.
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