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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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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

Just after Mark Stevens steps off the bus in Center City, he walks past the Optic Theatre (actually located on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles), with a poster out front, advertising his co-star, Lloyd Nolan, in the 1942 film Manila Calling. (Nolan himself appears in the previous scene, only 30 seconds before his name is seen on the movie poster.) The poster for the co-feature is that of John Wayne in In Old California (1942). The Optic continued to operate up until around 1980. 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

Alec Stiles: [to Cordell] There's only one scientific way to get rid of a stoolie: let the cops bump him off.
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Baby Face
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Music by Harry Akst
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Great crime movie, but barely film noir
1 October 2004 | by gbavedas77See all my reviews

I viewed The Street With No Name for the first time in a long time last night and it was as exciting as the first time I watched it---What a great movie! Based on real FBI files and shot on location where possible: Awesome!!! It's an early Donnie Brosco with a very dark, wonderful twist. The movie is a statement on corruption and just how hot it can get for the person/people trying to bring down a very powerful, influential criminal gang of thugs. While the movie does play on the "good guys not being so good" element of film noir, the genre as a whole is just as much about how the movie is shot as it is about characters, and how this movie was shot is where this film falls short of being film noir. While the movie is a very dark crime movie and a lot of the scenes are filmed outdoors on rainy nights, the movie merely gives a nod to the lighting/shadowing aspects of film noir as there are quite a few day scenes and/or scenes that are shot in very well lit rooms (i.e. the boxing gym, the FBI offices, etc.). Furthermore, getting back to characters, this movie is missing one key element if it is to be considered film noir...Aside from the lighting, how women are portrayed in this film also causes it to fall far short of film noir: I won't give up the details, but watch the movie and you'll see what I mean if you know about the roll a woman should play in a noir film. Finally, Although I liked his part in The Kiss Of Death a little more---boy was he evil in that movie--- Richard Widmark does a great job in this, one of his earlier films, and the rest of the actors do a very competent job in playing their parts as well. An 8-8.5 in my book: A great movie, but i don't know if it should be considered film noir.


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