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Pickup on South Street (17-Jun-1953)

Director: Samuel Fuller

Writers: Samuel Fuller; Dwight Taylor

Keywords: Thriller, Film Noir

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Willis Bouchey
24-May-1907 27-Sep-1977 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Richard Kiley
31-Mar-1922 5-Mar-1999 Man of La Mancha
Jean Peters
15-Oct-1926 13-Oct-2000 Captain from Castile
Thelma Ritter
14-Feb-1905 4-Feb-1969 Stella in Rear Window
Milburn Stone
5-Jul-1904 12-Jun-1980 Doc Adams on Gunsmoke
Murvyn Vye
15-Jul-1913 17-Aug-1976 Pickup on South Street
Richard Widmark
26-Dec-1914 24-Mar-2008 Kiss of Death


Richard Widmark   ...   Skip McCoy
Jean Peters   ...   Candy
Thelma Ritter   ...   Moe Williams
Murvyn Vye   ...   Capt. Dan Tiger
Richard Kiley   ...   Joey
Willis Bouchey   ...   FBI Agent Zara
Milburn Stone   ...   Det. Winocki


Review by Nickie Black (posted on 12-Aug-2008)

I have always loved Richard Widmark but never seen this film until it ran yesterday on TCM. I was shocked by the quality of the story and the acting. I watch many of this genre just for the memories of the way things were. The courtesy, the clothes and the class. I never expected such a fun and interesting plot. The thing that shocked me most was the unexpected depth of the characters and the way the plot kept deepening in suspense. Most of these 50,s films are so easy to guess what will happen next, but not this one. I loved the police going through the profile cards one at a time, long before computers aided them to find a suspect within moments. I also enjoyed the cast of characters, some being quite talented. I really enjoyed it and will end up going online to purchase. I couldn't believe how enjoyable it was watching the pure talent of Mr. Widmark and his beautiful co-star, there was no nakedness and yet the love scenes were so sexy it was unbelievable. I had so much fun and even forgot it was in black and white. I hadnt seen a movie that great in a long time. I so love the way Mr. Widmark could express sheer emotion with just a simple twist of his face. Dont miss this one, I think you will find it a wonderful gem of moviemaking at its best.

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