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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.

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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 Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 17, 1949 with Richard Widmark and Lloyd Nolan reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When the load of newspapers is thrown on the rain-soaked street from the moving vehicle it rolls over ensuring that both sides have been exposed to the street's wetness. However the resultant cut-in shows the news headlines clean and dry with no hint of dirt or moisture. See more »

Quotes

Inspector George A. Briggs: We know gangsterism is returning.
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Remade as House of Bamboo (1955) See more »

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Beg Your Pardon
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Performed by Marion Marshall during the opening stick-up
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Another documentary style noir thriller from Fox...
30 March 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Fox was so encouraged by the success of films like THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET, BOOMERANG and KISS OF DEATH, that it seemed only natural they would pursue this genre for many years during the '40s. The outcome of this pursuit is a film like THE STREET WITH NO NAME.

New hot property RICHARD WIDMARK is given another chance to shine as a sneering villain who runs a gang the police are anxious to put out of business. They send a mole (MARK STEVENS) to infiltrate the mob and get the goods on Widmark--not unlike the situation in Cagney's WHITE HEAT.

While this one doesn't approach the finesse of Raoul Walsh's WHITE HEAT, it's a solidly entertaining piece of crime melodrama given punch by some good overall performances. Aside from Widmark and Stevens, the cast includes reliable Fox contract players BARBARA LAWRENCE, ED BEGLEY, DONALD BUKA, and JOHN McINTIRE.

Based on an actual FBI case, there's some narration in the manner of other Fox films in this genre. Upcoming MARK STEVENS has the most interesting role and does well with it. Stevens is a young actor who never got his full due at Fox, although he appeared in a number of strong films.

Summing up: Well worth seeing if you're a fan of film noir.


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