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The Naked Street (1955)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | August 1955 (USA)
A mobster (Quinn) springs a condemned murderer (Granger) because he got his sister (Bancroft) pregnant.

Director:

Maxwell Shane

Writers:

Maxwell Shane (screenplay), Leo Katcher (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Farley Granger ... Nicholas 'Nicky' Bradna
Anthony Quinn ... Phil Regal
Anne Bancroft ... Rosalie Regalzyk
Peter Graves ... Joe McFarland
Else Bäck Else Bäck ... Mrs. Regalzyk (as Else Neft)
Sara Berner ... Millie Swadke
Jerry Paris ... Latzi Franks
Mario Siletti ... Antonio Cardini
James Flavin ... Attorney Michael X. Flanders
Whit Bissell ... Dist. Atty. Blaker
Joe Turkel ... Shimmy
Joyce Terry Joyce Terry ... Margie (as Joy Terry)
Harry Tyler ... I. Barricks
Jerry Hausner ... Louie
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Storyline

Roselle Regalzyk (Anne Bancroft) is the naughty but nice little sister of mobster Phil "Regal" (Anthony Quinn). The unwed Roselle has managed to get herself pregnant by Nick Branda (Farley Granger), another convict who is soon on his way to the electric chair. Phil no sooner has Nick sprung so that he can marry Roselle, then Roselle miscarries, making the shotgun wedding unnecessary. Written by alfiehitchie

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You fixed it so I'd marry a murderer ! ....live with a murderer ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brass Ring See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A scene where Quinn first goes inside a building to visit his mother, that street was filmed on Second Street in Los Angeles, California in what is called "Little Tokyo". See more »

Goofs

When Joe is talking to Phil about a new story angle on him, in a close-up shot Phil is talking to Joe with a cigarette in his left hand, waving it around. In the next wider shot, Phil has his left hand in his pocket and the cigarette is in his right hand. See more »

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A Quinn Showcase
29 May 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The acting makes the movie, especially gang boss Regal (Quinn) and his naive sister Rosalie (Bancroft). Regal may be a ruthless racketeer outside his family, but inside, he's a protective pussycat. That is, until cheap Lothario Bradna (Granger) first knocks-up Rosalie and then philanders after Regal forces him to marry her. And that's after Regal gets him off a murder-one rap so the irresponsible kid can do the right thing. Now, feeling betrayed, Regal's really angry, so we know Bradna's in for even worse trouble.

The movie's got some twists and turns, not all being very plausible. But that's okay because Quinn delivers a scary and riveting performance. The actor's just back from Italy where he starred in the powerful classic La Strada (1954). So maybe he was trying to show Hollywood a thing or two since he delivers a lot more than the role requires. Then there's Bancroft, already a magnetic personality, and on her way to an Oscar-studded career. Looks to me like the producers spent their money on the cast and not on the visuals that are pretty bland and bare-bones. But then the supporting cast is full of familiar faces, especially up-and-comers like Van Cleef and Graves, along with great vets like Bissell and Flavin.

Five-years earlier and I expect the film would have been straight noir, without the moralizing voice-over. But this is the McCarthy Cold War period, so there can't be any lingering ambiguity. Still, it's a fairly gritty little film with a compelling central performance that deserves better than near- total Hollywood obscurity, despite the titillating title.


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