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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Skip McCoy
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Candy
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Moe Williams
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Police Captain 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)
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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 ...
FBI Agent Enyart (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)

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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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Will Williams ... movie poster artist (uncredited)

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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)

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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 F.B.I. 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 The last of four films in four successive years that Thelma Ritter was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. This film follows nominations for All About Eve (1950), The Mating Season (1951) and With a Song in My Heart (1952). See more »
Goofs At one point, Candy refers to an address in New York City on Houston Street (pronouncing it like John Huston or the Texas city). In reality, the street is pronounced "House-ton" - something known to every New Yorker. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Film Noir (1995). See more »
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Quotes Moe Williams: Listen, Mister. When I come in here tonight, you seen an old clock runnin' down. I'm tired. I'm through. Happens to everybody sometime. It'll happen to you too, someday. With me it's a little bit of everything. Backaches and headaches. I can't sleep nights. It's so hard to get up in the morning, and get dressed and walk the streets. Climb the stairs. I go right on doin' it! Well, what am I gonna do, knock it? I have to go on makin' a livin'... so I can die. But even a fancy funeral ain't worth waitin' fer if I gotta do bus'ness with crumbs like you.
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