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99 River Street (1953)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 September 1953 (USA)
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A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Robert Smith (screenplay), George Zuckerman (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Ernie Driscoll
Evelyn Keyes ... Linda James
Brad Dexter ... Victor Rawlins
Frank Faylen ... Stan Hogan
Peggie Castle ... Pauline Driscoll
Jay Adler ... Christopher
Jack Lambert ... Mickey
Glenn Langan ... Lloyd Morgan (as Glen Langan)
Eddy Waller ... Pop Durkee
John Daheim John Daheim ... Bud (as John Day)
Ian Wolfe ... Waldo Daggett
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Nat Finley
William Tannen ... Director
Gene Reynolds ... Chuck
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Storyline

Having lost his heavyweight championship match, boxer Ernie Driscoll now drives a taxi for a living and earns the scorn of his nagging wife, Pauline, who blames him for her lack of social status. Involved with jewel thief Victor Rawlins, Pauline is murdered by him when she impedes his ability to fence the jewels. Blamed for his wife's murder, Ernie must track down Rawlins before he leaves the country. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Never have you been hit with such battering-ram violence... such shear-negligee excitement... such brutal savagery! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crosstown See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the 17 November 1952 edition of the Los Angeles Examiner, producer Edward Small wanted Linda Darnell to play the lead in this film. See more »

Goofs

When the cop tells Ernie to move his cab, the police car had pulled up across the street. When Ernie gets into his cab, the police car is suddenly a lot closer. See more »

Quotes

Ernie Driscoll: There are worse things than murder. You can kill someone an inch at a time.
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References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

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Payne Against the World
28 August 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

As in the the previous year's Kansas City Confidential, John Payne is a most put-upon protagonist. Directed by KC Confidential's Phil Karlson, and photographed in gorgeous black and white, alternately harsh and painterly, by Franz Planer, this one has Payne as a washed up prizefighter who must avenge his worthless wife's murder, not because he cared particularly for her but because he is (falsely) implicated in it. Payne has to take on a good number of unsavory characters, and proves himself if nothing else still a most able man with his fists. There's a nice feeling for fifties urban night life in this one, of a less than high class style. Karlson shows an almost Fritz Langian feeling for the traps people fall into, personal and criminal, and like Lang doesn't go much for self-pity. In the Karlson scheme of things guys get framed for things they didn't do every day, affluent crooks wear expensive overcoats and take cruises fairly regularly, while working stiffs get the wrong end of the stick every time. It takes a tough man to survive in this universe. Payne is not only tough he's so resolute and bad tempered as to make the real bad guys look like the respectable businessmen they claim to be. It's Payne Against the World in this one. Or Pain Against the World, as the character Payne plays seems to suffer as much from internal anguish as anything the villains of the piece cook up for him.


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