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99 River Street (1953)

John Payne , Evelyn Keyes , Phil Karlson  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LB5FEA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Competent DVD--Good Image January 30, 2011
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Looking Transfer to DVD-R 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Phil Karlson...who knew? June 12, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 River Street 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Twisty Film Noir - Nice Warner's image too. December 15, 2011
Good reproduction of an unrestored film from Warner Bros. archive. Very crisp and clear, only minor flaws and good sound.

I had not seen this film before and was surprised as to how good it is.

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

A down on is 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 usual classic film noir touches that we all love: A confused and hunted-by-the-law anit-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 herings.

The acting by the entire cast is very good even if at times there appears to some overacting - 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 only thing the film lacks is the ultra cool dead-pan dialogue found in the very top film noirs - Double Indemnity for example - and 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 great find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This classic defines Film Noir! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, great forgotten noir December 26, 2013
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
This is an interesting and well acted film noir. Fun to watch Evelyn Keyes in this, and Peggy Castle was a beauty. Those punches John Payne threw were believable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Old-Time movie
I have recently been interested in John Payne movies. He's a good actor but I never heard of him before. I like the general theme of his movies, including this one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J Berton
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered gem
I stumbled on this and kept watching to the end, though it was late at night. I really do think this compares almost to the best noir films like Double Indemnity. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Trjgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir goesn't get better than this!
Noir goesn't get better than this! If you like noir and haven't seen 99 River Street, do yourself a favor and watch it!
Published 9 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars John Payne excels dramatically and gets away from those FOX musicals...
Payne plays Ernie Driscoll, an ex-fighter now cab driver, unhappily married to beautiful Peggie Castle who gets herself involved with a petty diamond thief, Brad Dexter who... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ronald Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever made.
This is one of the best film noir movies ever. John Payne and Evelyn keyes each have scenes that are so powerful, they should have received oscars.
Published 16 months ago by John E. Coppess
5.0 out of 5 stars Karate VS Boxing fight
I just caught this film on TCM and I enjoyed the mess that John Payne had to go through a lot of pain on this Film Noir nightmare. there is a nice but brief Karate Vs Boxing scene. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul S. Power
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining B-Noir that Shows Its Place on the Timeline.
"99 River Street" is a distinctly B-movie film noir that is, nevertheless, entertaining, though not imbued with the complex themes one sometimes sees in even B-noirs. Read more
Published 20 months ago by mirasreviews
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