#BNoirDetour Film for 9/27: Pickup on South Street

From the ever-fun Twitter Live Tweet and movie blog BNoirDetour:

B Noir Detour

Pickup_on_South_Street-146983449-large

Ok, so it’s a cold war commie spy film with a thin plot, a low budget, and an implausible love story.

But against that, I give you a thief for a main character whose non-patriotic persona pissed off J. Edgar Hoover enough to complain to producer Darryl F. Zanuck and director Samuel Fuller. They removed the “FBI” from the advertising, but stood by their product, 1953’s Pickup on South Street, high on my list of great late noir entertainment.

To tempt you further, I give you not only charismatic bad boy Richard Widmark in the lead role, but also Thelma Ritter in an Academy Award-nominated performance as sympathetic police informant and blackmailing tie saleswoman Moe.

Widmark as Skip McCoy: "Are you waving a flag a me?" Widmark as unlikely hero Skip McCoy: “Are you waving a flag at me?”

Moe (Thelma Ritter) tallies her small earnings. Moe (Thelma Ritter) tallies her earnings.

And then there’s our tough cookie from the wrong side of the tracks, Candy (Jean Peters

View original post 118 more words

Advertisements

One response to “#BNoirDetour Film for 9/27: Pickup on South Street

  1. I think I saw this film a long time ago. I remember how strange it was to see a young Richard Widmark as the bad boy since he later played a lot of very moral kind of men. Also I remember Thelma Ritter was great.

    Tam

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s