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Pickup on South Street ()


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

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Skip McCoy
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Candy
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Moe Williams
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Capt. Dan Tiger
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Joey
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Zara (as Willis B. Bouchey)
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Detective Winoki
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Headquarters Communist in Chair (uncredited)
George Berkeley ...
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Fight Spectator (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Detective Dietrich (uncredited)
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Subway Passenger (uncredited)
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Detective Eddie (uncredited)
George Eldredge ...
Fenton (uncredited)
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Detective Lt. Campion (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
Library Worker (uncredited)
Frank Kumagai ...
Lum (uncredited)
Jay Loft-Lyn ...
Microfilm Library Clerk (uncredited)
King Mojave ...
Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
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Ray - FBI Agent (uncredited)
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Coffin Boat Captain (uncredited)
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Mr. Victor (uncredited)
Jerry O'Sullivan ...
Enyart - FBI Agent (uncredited)
Vic Perry ...
Lightning Louie - aka Godkin (uncredited)
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Police Commissioner (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Maurice Samuels ...
Peddler (uncredited)
Henry Slate ...
Detective MacGregor (uncredited)
Ray Stevens ...
FBI Agent (uncredited)
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Willie - Police Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ...
Police Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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Samuel Fuller

Written by

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Samuel Fuller ... (screenplay)
 
Dwight Taylor ... (story)

Produced by

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Jules Schermer ... producer

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Leigh Harline

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Joseph MacDonald ... (as Joe MacDonald)

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Nick DeMaggio ... (as Nick De Maggio)

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George Patrick
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

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Al Orenbach

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Travilla

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist

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Ad Schaumer ... assistant director

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Harry M. Leonard ... sound
Winston H. Leverett ... sound

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Ray Kellogg ... special photographic effects

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Lionel Newman ... musical director
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Frank Beach ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
John Clyman ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Don Cristlieb ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Abe Most ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Vito Mumolo ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Harry Schmidt ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Paul Shure ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Felix Slatkin ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann ... musician: piano (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines How the law took a chance on a B-girl... and won! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Blaze of Glory (United States)
  • Pickpocket (United States)
  • Le port de la drogue (France)
  • Manos peligrosas (Spain)
  • Lange Finger - Harte Fäuste (West Germany)
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  • 80 min
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Budget $780,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the opening scene on the subway, a soldier who leaves the train is shown wearing the "Big Red One" 1st Infantry Division shoulder patch. Director Samuel Fuller fought with the 1st Infantry Division during World War II, and later made a film about it - The Big Red One (1980). See more »
Goofs When Joey leaves the basement after assaulting the police officer, he walks out of the shot, then a cat is obviously thrown into the frame. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Film Noir (1995). See more »
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Quotes Skip McCoy: [after first kiss with Candy] Sometimes you look for oil, you hit a gusher.
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