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A down-on-his-luck boxer, who is reduced to driving a cab, offers to help a would-be actress who is accused of murdering a stage producer...but finds that he must clear his name as well when his wife's lifeless body turns up in the back of his cab] Based on a story by George Zuckerman.

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  • Actors: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Peggie Castle
  • Directors: Phil Karlson
  • Writers: Screenplay By Robert Smith, Story By George Zuckerman
  • Producers: Edward Small
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LB5FEA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,069 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Excellent story and acting.
Bubba Flaker
This is an interesting and well acted film noir.
A Reader
This is one of the best film noir movies ever.
John E. Coppess

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Martin L on January 30, 2011
Format: DVD
Many of us film noir fans have waited a long time for an offiicial studio release of 99 RIver Street starring John Payne. And while the film was not restored or remastered, it is certainly very watchable, The package erroneously indicates that this movie is in "widescreen". It's not---the movie was filmed in 4:3 aspect ratio and that is what you see on the DVD. I was fearful that they would crop the top and bottom of the image for a "widescreen" effect. Don't worry they didn't. There are no extras--but who cares?
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jim Harwood on March 21, 2011
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These MGM Limited Edition titles have been really hit or miss. Here's a good one. A very rich looking image with excellent contrast and detail. I wish they all looked this good. Recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Nicholas Morrison on June 12, 2012
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I'm a more-than-casual movie fan, but not a scholar by any stretch. I love black & white movies and actually moved up from a regular DVD player to a Blu-Ray so I could watch incredibly old movies in their most perfect presentation ('Maltese Falcon' and 'Casablanca' were my first two BR purchases).

I thought I knew a fair amount about film noir....the films, the stars, the directors...but I was flabbergasted when I finally watched Phil Karlson's 'Kansas City Confidential.' What a premise! What a movie! What a director! It was the most excited I'd been since discovering the work of Anthony Mann and John Alton. I followed 'KCC' with Karlson's 'The Phenix City Story.' I liked it, but not nearly as much and thought that perhaps Mr. Karlson only had one good noir in him. Boy, was I wrong.

'99 River Street' is right up there with 'Kansas City Confidential.' It's another great premise, well executed all around. I've never seen John Payne in a better role, Evelyn Keyes is terrific and the supporting cast combines to present one of the finest collections of hard-luck faces this side of 'The Hustler.'

I watched '99 River Street' on Netflix (it's in their on-demand library) but I'm here today to buy a copy of my own. Netflix has made such odd decisions in the recent past that I don't think I want to rely on them to have this movie at their (my) disposal for long...and I know I'm going to watch it again and again. First rate stuff....and I'm going to turn over rocks to find all the Phil Karlson noir/crime movie I can so I can catch up with this guy's early work. Those who only know Phil Karlson as the guy who made 'Walk Tall' are missing a great deal of pleasure.

(This gets 4 out of 5 stars because the ending was a little cheesy. Somehow, I don't think this was Mr. Karlson's fault. But, still.....)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jkm3 on August 11, 2011
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This one was a real surprise for me. Tight story line plus excellent acting by Payne and Keyes. A great noir and worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stiggs on December 15, 2011
Format: DVD
Good reproduction of an unrestored film from Warner Bros Archive. Very crisp and clear picture with only very minor flaws and very good mono sound.

I am a big fan of film noir but I had not seen this film before and was surprised as to how good it is. 99 River Street has not gotten the attention or praise it deserves.

A down on his luck boxer who is hunted by the police for allegedly killing a woman - must clear his name by finding the real psychopathic killer before its to late.

99 River Street has the usual classic film noir touches that we all love: A confused and hunted-by-the-law anti-hero, at least one or maybe one and half fem fatales, an assortment of ugly underworld characters, foggy water fronts, sweaty boxing arenas, seedy cafes, dark alleys and an assortment of red herrings.

The acting by the entire cast is very good even if at times there appears to be some overacting. Ahhh but, as it turns out the overacting is deliberate and part of the story. Pretty clever on the part of the film makers.

I also noticed some very aggressive and beautifully rendered, atmospheric mat-shots scattered here and there in the film.

The well written story has some great twists and turns that had me fooled me a number of times.

The only thing the film lacks is the ultra cool dead-pan dialogue found in the very top film noirs - Double Indemnity for example. And **spoiler** I found the ending for 99 River Street to be just a bit too nicey-nice "they lived happily ever after" for an otherwise pretty dark film noir.

All that said - I think 99 River Street should be in top twenty-five film noirs - it's a great find. I highly recommend 99 River Street for lovers of film noir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goldfinger on December 26, 2013
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I was very lucky to find this film. I have been delving into the classic genre of Noir films when I landed on this gem and I just had to have it in my newly forming collection! I know a lot of people have a different definition or opinion of exactly film noir means. Well this one has it all especially the girl you love to hate! If you are a noir afficininato, then this one is a must have to build your noir foundation upon classics like this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fra7299 VINE VOICE on December 26, 2013
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I’ve revisited this one a few times and it’s one of my favorite noirs. Some may call it a B-grade noir, but I think it has a great story with a perfect antihero.

99 River Street is about an ex-boxer who is living a down and out life as a taxi driver, with a wife who is neither supportive nor honest. Ernie (John Payne) had been barred from the ring because of a serious eye injury, so he drives to make a living. From the get go, you get the sense that his marriage is on the rocks. The big conflict comes in the form of him being set up and framed for murder by a slick and seedy con man. Along the way, an aspiring actress (Evelyn Keyes) joins him on the quest to clear his name, and to find the one responsible for the murder.

Payne does an apt job as Ernie Driscoll, a working class man of principles and ambitions, but with one major flaw—a vicious temper. Still, Ernie is a redeeming character you want to root for.

99 River Street has everything you look for in classic noir—villains and heroes, atmosphere and mood, suspense and intrigue. Great film and the quality is very good too.
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