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Pickup on South Street (1953)

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

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Complete credited cast:
... Skip McCoy
... Candy
... Moe Williams
... Capt. Dan Tiger
... Joey
... Zara (as Willis B. Bouchey)
... Detective Winoki
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On a crowded subway, Skip McCoy picks the purse of Candy. Among his take, although he does not know it at the time, is a piece of top-secret microfilm that was being passed by Candy's consort, a Communist agent. Candy discovers the whereabouts of the film through Moe Williams, a police informer. She attempts to seduce McCoy to recover the film. She fails to get back the film and falls in love with him. The desperate agent exterminates Moe and savagely beats Candy. McCoy, now goaded into action, confronts the agent in a particularly brutal fight in a subway. Written by alfiehitchie

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How the law took a chance on a B-girl... and won!


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1 August 1953 (Japan)  »

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Blaze of Glory  »

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$780,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Candy lights a cigarette in an early scene, the matchbook cover reads "Park Row"--which was the title of Samuel Fuller's previous film, Park Row (1952). See more »

Goofs

When Skip and Joey fight in the subway station, they are fighting in a cleared area near the ticket office and then the next two shots show them confined by exit railings near the newspaper stand and then the next shot cuts back to the open area. See more »

Quotes

Candy: You've been recommended as the best pickpocket stoolie in the business.
Moe Williams: What kind of talk is that, calling me a stoolie? I was brought up to report any injustice to the police authority. I call that being a solid citizen.
Candy: But you get paid for it.
Moe Williams: You gonna knock it?
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Featured in Goodbye Lover (1998) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
[love theme for Candy and Skip]
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Film Noir at it's FINEST! Yippee!!
22 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

I watched this last night on TV (HBO). I have to admit, that the tension in this movie was unsurpassed by most other FN era movies. I loved the way Chip would be all calm one moment and then VIOLENT the very next moment. It was classic. Ahh yes. The dames, the villians, the cigars and thuggish cops! It has it all. This movie delivered all the goods to me. I especially loved the way they mixed communism into the plot, very common for this era of movie. Very daring also since blacklisting was popular in those days. I rate this movie one of the best I have seen in the FN genre!


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