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One Way Street (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 April 1950 (USA)
After stealing a gangster's money and his girlfriend, a doctor heads for a small village in Mexico.

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writer:

Lawrence Kimble (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Dr. Frank Matson
Märta Torén ... Laura Thorsen (as Marta Toren)
Dan Duryea ... John Wheeler
Basil Ruysdael ... Father Moreno
William Conrad ... Ollie
Rodolfo Acosta ... Francisco Morales
King Donovan ... Grieder
Robert Espinoza Robert Espinoza ... Santiago
Tito Renaldo Tito Renaldo ... Hank Torres
Margarito Luna Margarito Luna ... Antonio Morales
Emma Roldán ... Catalina (as Emma Roldan)
George J. Lewis ... Capt. Rodriguez (as George Lewis)
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Storyline

Shortly after a bank robbery, gangster John Wheeler and his henchmen hide in a small apartment, awaiting for the rest of the gang to arrive.Also in the apartment are Wheeler's girlfriend, Laura and the gang's surgeon, Dr. Frank Matson. Wheeler asks Dr.Matson for a few headache pills.After taking the medication, Wheeler is shocked to find out that he has been poisoned by the doctor and he will die in 48 hours unless he receives the antidote from Dr. Matson. Matson takes the bag containing the bank loot and also asks Laura to join him in escaping the gang. The doctor tells Wheeler that he will give him instructions via a phone call to help Wheeler find the antidote once the doctor will safely be far away with the bank loot and the girl.Wheeler has no choice and allows Dr.Matson and Laura to leave the apartment with the bank loot.However,their getaway is fraught with unforeseen dangers, including a vengeful Wheeler who is determined to recuperate his bank loot and his girl and kill ... Written by nufs68

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death on a Side Street See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first U.S. film of Argentinean Director Hugo Fregonese. See more »

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James Mason shows that existentialism's absurdity happens.
24 September 2015 | by robtcohenSee all my reviews

Well, James Mason is smooth, handsome, and cultured with the classy accent from across the Atlantic pond. The synopses around these same websites do sort of spoil the story's suspense-fullness, but I'll try not to decapitate it too much. Wm Conrad was soon if not already Marshal Dillon in GUNSMOKE on the radio, as I'm of that vintage when childhood radio-listening was a pre-occupation. Dan Duryea is blah, bland, and bluh. Sorry, but I like that cruddy alliteration too much not to waste it out of context here, but Mr. Duryea at least has such an interesting surname. I recall brands and commercials from radio in the 1950s, but now back to film noire, a bleak French phrase that's over-utilized though you give us a more-better descriptive category. In Rock Hudson's brief role he sounds so d young. But no Doris Day, so it can't be the cornball if not pswaydo-sophisticate mid 1950s Rock Hudson technicolor movie. Read Bosley Crowther's hatchet/nasty review, because you'll see why he was one of a kind, before my time, and so now I realize why candid film critics are not invited to cocktail parties and funerals, unless it's the burial of an assassinated film critic.


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