Saturday, June 28, 2008

William Keighley's "The Street With No Name" (1948)

The Street With No Name is a neat little film noir given a documentary like vibe right from the get go. The film lets the viewer known that it's based off a true story straight from the files of the FBI and used as many authentic location and people as possible. Richard Widmark is the real star of this show. In this, his second film role, he absolutely nails his role as the boss, Alec Stiles. He's got the perfect demeaning, evil tone that complements every facet of this solid little film. Without Widmark I think I'd drop my score a half point or so, but he really puts this film into the category of really worth seeing. The story isn't bad either with the whole undercover, who's the rat, set-up routine. Definitely check this one out if you're looking for something new in the genre.


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