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99 River Street (1953)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 September 1953 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Robert Smith (screenplay), George Zuckerman (story)
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Cast

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 John Daheim ... Bud (as John Day)
Ian Wolfe ... Waldo Daggett
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Nat Finley
William Tannen ... Director
Gene Reynolds ... Chuck
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Storyline

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 Picture That Lays It On The Line ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crosstown See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the 17 November 1952 edition of the Los Angeles Examiner, producer Edward Small wanted Linda Darnell to play the lead in this film. See more »

Goofs

Rawlins' cigarette when he's obtaining his passport. See more »

Quotes

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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Underrated, Fast-Paced and Violent
16 September 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

During the dispute of the box championship, the boxer Ernie Driscoll (John Payne) loses the fight and the champion damages his optic nerve. Ernie is forced to quit his career and becomes a taxi driver in New York. His wife Pauline Driscoll (Peggie Castle) blames him for their simple life and their relationship is not good. The quick-tempered Ernie usually meets his friend, the aspirant actress Linda James (Evelyn Keyes), at the bar where he drinks coffee late night. Pauline has a love affair with the elegant thief Victor Rawlins (Brad Dexter) and she helps him to steal a fortune in diamonds from a man called Dutch. Meanwhile Linda lures Ernie to be cast in a play but when she learns that the producer has accused Ernie to the police to promote his play, she regrets and decides to help him. Meanwhile Victor kills Pauline to sell the jewels to a powerful fence and frames Ernie so that he can travel abroad. Now Ernie and Linda need to track Victor down to prove his innocence, but the fence and his gang are also chasing Victor to kill him.

"99 River Street" is a different, underrated, fast-paced and violent film-noir. The story and the screenplay are engaging and the direction and performances are top-notch. The conclusion with a happy-ending is also unusual in this genre but works very well in this film. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Morte Ronda o Cais" (""Death Prowls the Habour")


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