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Down Three Dark Streets (1954)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 September 1954 (USA)
An FBI agent investigates the murder of his partner by taking over the 3 cases he was working on, determined to find his killer.

Director:

Arnold Laven

Writers:

Gordon Gordon (screenplay) (as The Gordons), Mildred Gordon (screenplay) (as The Gordons) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... FBI Agent John 'Rip' Ripley
Ruth Roman ... Kate Martell
Martha Hyer ... Connie Anderson
Marisa Pavan ... Julie Angelino
Max Showalter ... Dave Millson (as Casey Adams)
Kenneth Tobey ... FBI Agent Zack Stewart
Gene Reynolds ... Vince Angelino
William Johnstone William Johnstone ... FBI Chief Frank Pace
Harlan Warde ... FBI Agent Greg Barker
Jay Adler ... Uncle Max - aka Charles Martell
Claude Akins ... Matty Pavelich
Suzanne Alexander ... Brenda Ralles
Myra Marsh Myra Marsh ... Mrs. Downes
Joe Bassett Joe Bassett ... Joe Walpo - aka Joe Allen
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Storyline

After FBI Agent Zack Stewart is killed, Agent John Ripley takes over the three cases he was working on, hoping one will lead to his killer. The first involves gangster Joe Walpo and Ripley finds his hideout through Joe's girl friend, Connie Anderson. Joe is killed but it is established he was 400 miles away when Stewart was murdered. The next involves a car-theft gang which Ripley breaks up by using one of the gang, Vince Angelino and his wife Julie. The last case involves Kate Martell, the victim of an extortionist who threatens to kidnap her child unless she pays him $10,000. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DOWN THE STREET RACED DEAD-END-VIOLENCE..DOWN THIS STREET STRETCHED EXCITEMENT TAUT AS SILK! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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All of the principal players drive 1954 model automobiles; FBI agent RIpley's is a 1954 Nash, Kate Martell's is a 1954 Chevrolet, and Joe Walpo's is a 1954 Cadillac; although not inappropriate to the time or the characters involved, this may also be a nod to keeping the film looking as "up to date" as possible in light of prolonged theatrical engagements and its inevitable release for television broadcast. See more »

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Police Lieutenant Jake Kuppol: We're all finished with you, Mr. Werker.
Mr, Werker: I thought I'd wait around for the reporters and photographers. They may want to take my picture.
Police Lieutenant Jake Kuppol: The Chronicle's down the street two blocks.
Mr, Werker: That was an awful shock you know, finding that body. I am not a well man. I fell off a roof once and all my insides got shoved up two inches. My stomach's up against my liver. My liver's up against my gall bladder. And my gall bladder's between my stomach and my lungs. Besides which I gotta bad heart. You'd think ...
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F.B.I. melodrama stars Broderick Crawford as agent...
25 August 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Based on a novel by The Gordons called "Case File: F.B.I.", this is a semi-documentary style crime drama from Columbia starring BRODERICK CRAWFORD as a diligent F.B.I. agent John Ripley assigned to crack a few unsolved cases when a fellow agent on the job is killed in the line of duty.

RUTH ROMAN, MARISA PAVAN and MARTHA HYER are the three women connected to the cases, all of whom give good performances but Pavan is particularly touching as a blind woman.

The documentary style is nicely handled and there's a twist at the end that came as a real surprise to me.

Not great, but an interesting example of satisfactory film noir.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Case File: FBI See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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