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The Street with No Name (1948)

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A covert FBI agent infiltrates a ruthless gangster mob, but his life is at risk from a mysterious informant who funnels inside information to the hoodlums.

Director:

William Keighley

Writer:

Harry Kleiner (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mark Stevens ... Gene Cordell / George Manly
Richard Widmark ... Alec Stiles
Lloyd Nolan ... Inspector George A. Briggs
Barbara Lawrence ... Judy Stiles
Ed Begley ... Chief Bernard Harmatz
Donald Buka ... Shivvy
Joseph Pevney ... Matty
John McIntire ... Cy Gordon
Walter Greaza Walter Greaza ... Police Lt. Paul Staller
Howard Smith ... Commissioner Ralph Demory
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Storyline

After two gang-related killings in "Center City," a suspect (who was framed) is arrested, released on bail...and murdered. Inspector Briggs of the FBI recruits a young agent, Gene Cordell, to go undercover in the shadowy Skid Row area (alias George Manly) as a potential victim of the same racket. Soon, Gene meets Alec Stiles, neurotic mastermind who's "building an organization along scientific lines." Stiles recruits Cordell, whose job becomes a lot more dangerous... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A New Era Of Violence In The Making... A New Kind Of Gangster On The Loose! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The FBI Story See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is a follow-up to The House on 92nd Street (1945), which uses the same semi-documentary style to tell the story of an FBI investigation. Lloyd Nolan plays FBI Inspector George A. Briggs in both films. See more »

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The wall behind Ed Begley during the Danker interrogation changes from brightly lit to sharply defined shadows of prison bars and back to brightly lit again. See more »

Quotes

Shivvy: Out kinda late, ain'tcha?
Gene Cordell: What's the idea?
Shivvy: Where ya been, Georgie?
Gene Cordell: I took a ferry across the river.
Shivvy: What for?
Gene Cordell: What's it to ya?
Shivvy: What business you got across the river?
Gene Cordell: I said, what's it to ya?
Shivvy: You don't take ferryboat rides in the middle of the night for your health. What did ya pull?
Gene Cordell: Ya got a long nose. Why don'tcha keep it to yourself!
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Beg Your Pardon
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Written by Francis Craig and Beasley Smith
Performed by Marion Marshall during the opening stick-up
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Excellent crime docu-drama
18 June 2005 | by Dire_StraitsSee all my reviews

This FBI -vs- the gangsters film seems a bit stiff and hokey in the first 15 minutes, then takes off when Alec Stiles (Richard Widmark) shows up. When he's on screen, the movie bolts forward, leaving it's 1950's school-film documentary approach, into a seedy world where crime is the panorama.

Widmark's performance is really the only noteworthy one in the film. His presence, while not overwhelming, is still bodacious. He's neither chilling nor very menacing (even though he's mean as hell to his non-femme fatale girlfriend); yet there's something charismatic about him that makes you want to watch his unique screen presence here.

The last 45 minutes of the film is truly excellent entertainment and the final 10 minutes or so is a wet, dark, dripping noir.

I'd give it 10 stars if not for the first few scenes that don't involve Widmark.


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