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4.0 out of 5 stars "Down Three Dark Streets (1954) ... Broderick Crawford ... Arnold Laven (Director) (2011)"
United Artists presents "DOWN THREE DARK STREETS" (1954) (86 min/B&W) -- Starring: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer, Marisa Pavan & Kenneth Tobey

Directed by Arnold Laven

When FBI Agent Zack Stewart (Kenneth Tobey) is killed, Agent John `Rip' Ripley (Broderick Crawford) almost single-handedly takes over the three cases he was working on,...
Published on September 14, 2011 by J. Lovins

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3.0 out of 5 stars 50's Version Of CSI
Good old crime flick with an emphasis on "Who Done It" and utilization of older type forensics. The acting was not bad and there was some uncertainty as to who the ultimate bad guy was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Down Three Dark Streets (1954) ... Broderick Crawford ... Arnold Laven (Director) (2011)", September 14, 2011
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United Artists presents "DOWN THREE DARK STREETS" (1954) (86 min/B&W) -- Starring: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer, Marisa Pavan & Kenneth Tobey

Directed by Arnold Laven

When FBI Agent Zack Stewart (Kenneth Tobey) is killed, Agent John `Rip' Ripley (Broderick Crawford) almost single-handedly takes over the three cases he was working on, hoping one will lead to his killer. The first involves gangster Joe Walpo (Joe Bassett) and Ripley finds his hideout through Joe's girl friend, Connie Anderson (Martha Hyer). The next involves a car-theft gang which Ripley breaks up by using one of the gang, Vince Angelino and his wife Julie (Gene Reynolds & Marisa Pavan). The last case involves Kate Martell (Ruth Roman), the victim of an extortionist who threatens to kidnap her child unless she pays him $10,000.

Co-adapted by Gordon & Mildred Gordon from their novel Case File FBI, Down Three Dark Streets (1954) is a tour-de-force for Broderick Crawford

* Special footnote: -- One of my favorite actors Kenneth Tobey, had a great role in The Thing from Another World (1951), as Captain Patrick Hendry the hero -- also from the early days of television Whirlybirds (1956-1959), playing Chuck Martin.

BIOS:
1. Arnold Laven (Director)
Date of Birth: 23 February 1922 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: 13 September 2009 - Tarzana, California

2. Broderick Crawford
Date of Birth: 9 December 1911 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 26 April 1986 - Rancho Mirage, California

3. Ruth Roman [aka: Norma Roman]
Date of Birth: 22 December 1922 - Lynn, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 9 September 1999 - Laguna Beach, California

4. Martha Hyer
Date of Birth: 10 August 1924 - Fort Worth, Texas
Date of Death: Unknown

5. Marisa Pavan [aka: Maria Luisa Pierangeli]
Date of Birth: 19 June 1932, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Date of Death: Unknown

6. Kenneth Tobey
Date of Birth: 23 March 1917 - Oakland, California
Date of Death: 22 December 2002 - Rancho Mirage, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 86 min on DVD ~ United Artists ~ (June 27, 2011)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taut noir-ish thriller keeps you on the edge, August 24, 2012
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When an FBI agent (Kenneth Tobey, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD) is killed while investigating a case, the fellow agent (Broderick Crawford) who is assigned the three cases the murdered agent was working on attempts to discover which of the three cases involves his killer. All three cases involve three women: single mother Ruth Roman is being extorted for her late husband's insurance money, good time gal Martha Hyer is protecting the whereabouts of her homicidal lover (Joe Bassett), blind Marisa Pavan's husband (Gene Reynolds) is sent to prison for refusing to talk about a car theft ring. This is a modest but very well made gripping noir-ish thriller shot faux documentary style (by Joseph Biroc, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE) on the streets of L.A. The screenplay is by Mildred and Gordon Gordon (sic) based on their novel CASE FILE: FBI and the similarities to their later screenplay for EXPERIMENT IN TERROR are quite evident. While perhaps not as stylish as the later Blake Edwards film, this is a solid recommended effort. Directed by Arnold Laven. With Claude Akins, Jay Adler, Casey Adams and William Schallert.

The MGM MOD DVD is very nice looking B&W full frame transfer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 50's Version Of CSI, March 29, 2014
Good old crime flick with an emphasis on "Who Done It" and utilization of older type forensics. The acting was not bad and there was some uncertainty as to who the ultimate bad guy was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!, June 19, 2014
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V. Kirk "Captain" (Hesperia, CA United States) - See all my reviews
Great "black & White" old movie.
Good story line and lots of memories concerning the late 40's and early 50's.
Loved seeing the old cars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars film noir documentary style, May 5, 2014
good movie Broderick Crawford always gave a performance that made it that way because of his prescence which is star power
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film noir, August 4, 2014
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Richard (Axminster, Devon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant film noir great acting excellent story. They cannot make them like this anymore without inaudible sound track gallons of fake blood and explosions, where have all the great film director's gone?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie, well written and acted., August 1, 2014
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PhotoFan "Photo Junky" (Southern Oregon Coast) - See all my reviews
A good sick day movie, as comfortable as a favorite blanket. Good actors good writing and direction.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Paid commercial for J Edgar Hoover, February 13, 2014
I'd heard that Hoover got Hollywood to always portray FBI as heroes, but I'd never seen anything so heavy handed as this. It seemed like a recruiting ad more than a film:

1. Ponderous and often pompous narration.

2. Ridiculous background music trying too hard to even make an agent answering the phone seem noble.

3. Every civilian who is not a criminal worships the FBI with wide eyed reverence, or desperate pleas for help.

This is beyond self parody. But it's not bad enough to be camp.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FBI puff piece, April 1, 2014
How many of these FBI propaganda films were made back in the '40s through the early '60s? This could have been a good mystery story if it had not been such a glorification of the FBI. The FBI could do no wrong. They could examine the smallest piece of evidence and gain unlimited information. If only the witnesses would cooperate, the FBI would solve every crime in a second.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good job MGM, November 11, 2013
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Found out about this little 50's gem while watching an interview with one of the actors who, at that time was just getting established in the film and TV business. The atransfer is crisp as is the sound. Looks like it might have been cleaned up, considering so many films of that era were loaded with imperfections. If you're into crime and police dramas you might want to take a peek at this. The case jacket is OK, but somewhat scarce on information, and there are no embellishments. This is a film you get because you want to see the film and don't really care about the lack of extras, It's not as sophisticated as current dramas, but it's still a good flick and MGM did a good job on bringing it to DVD.
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