A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.


Phil Karlson


Robert Smith (screenplay), George Zuckerman (story)





Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Ernie Driscoll
Evelyn Keyes ... Linda James
Brad Dexter ... Victor Rawlins
Frank Faylen ... Stan Hogan
Peggie Castle ... Pauline Driscoll
Jay Adler ... Christopher
Jack Lambert ... Mickey
Glenn Langan ... Lloyd Morgan (as Glen Langan)
Eddy Waller ... Pop Durkee
John Daheim ... Bud (as John Day)
Ian Wolfe ... Waldo Daggett
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Nat Finley
William Tannen ... Director
Gene Reynolds ... Chuck


Having lost his heavyweight championship match, boxer Ernie Driscoll now drives a taxi for a living and earns the scorn of his nagging wife, Pauline, who blames him for her lack of social status. Involved with jewel thief Victor Rawlins, Pauline is murdered by him when she impedes his ability to fence the jewels. Blamed for his wife's murder, Ernie must track down Rawlins before he leaves the country. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The $5 Ernie spends for the box of candy would equate to about $48 in 2019. See more »


When Ernie Driscoll leaves the stage, the shadow of a crew member is projected on the wall. See more »


Ernie Driscoll: You were a showgirl! And I could'a been the champion.
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References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

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A Must-See For Noir Fans
27 June 2007 | by jimmccoolSee all my reviews

Think Kansas City Confidential - and you'll known where this hot potato is a-comin' from.

Terse, twisty, and more than a bit brutal, with performances from both main and secondary characters that are never short of excellent, 99 River Street is a real treat for hard-boiled Noir fans. This 'B' was an unknown quantity to me and gave me a real pleasant-as-cold-beer-on-a-hot-Sunday surprise. The plot turns and twists like a rattlesnake on ketamine, while the host of slimy villains oozing their way through the deitrus of the Dark City - when not force-feeding puppies! - reflect an ocean of corruption and moral decay. Even Payne is a very flawed hero, wrestling with wife-beating rage, and lashing out even at those who try to care for him. Stand-outs include Brad Dexter as a sleaze-ball crook, even more cunning than the homicidal private eye he played in Asphalt Jungle; and Jack Lambert, brilliantly playing the Dum-Dum psycho as always, as in The Killers, TheEnforcer.

99 River Street - 'B' Movie Hell, Pulp Noir Heaven!

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11 September 1953 (USA) See more »

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