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Why it got 2 stars from el debbo...
- el debbo
Such a taut, tense thriller I fell asleep. Gave it a chance as I'm a Farley fan, but he was off-duty in this one... notice the absolute final scene where his legs are crossed at the ankles. Ridiculous. As for the other 2/3's of the movie, it brought out my inner anthropologist.We get to see alot of real, REALLY real, one-room apartments, dive tenements, dark halls, peeling paint, slavish work-places and such. New York City in the Fifties filmed with ultra-gritty realism. I'm not being sarcastic, Side Street is a voyeur's peek at midcentury life and domestic architecture among those who are just making it day-to-day. And that final chase...when it's Sunday, it's a closed quadrant. No cars, no people. For peephole reasons, I give it 2 stars.
- kevin sellers
Ho hum all the way. Farley Grainger's character is such a clueless schlemiel that it is ludicrous for him to survive numerous run ins with a burly, cold blooded killer without being, well, killed. And the police procedural co-story is pretty damn dull. Chalk up both of the above to a not so hot screenplay by Sidney Boehm. About the only good performances are given by James Craig as the quite believable, nasty killer and Jean Hagen as his alcoholic ex girlfriend whom he strangles while kissing in order to muffle her choking sounds, the best scene in the picture. I also liked Harry Belaver, who was later a detective in the tv series Naked City, to which this film has vague affinities, playing a sycophantic chauffeur to the killer. Everyone else is either low key to the point of catatonia (especially Paul Kelly, as the police chief) or overacting (Cathy O' Donnell, playing Grainger's wife and Grainger himself, who go through the entire film looking desperate or being hysterical.) There is some good location shooting in NYC in 1950 and the film doesn't drag, I'll give it that, but as I've said before, Anthony Mann did not get great until he discovered Westerns. Give it a C plus.
FANTASTIC FILM NOIR FLICK!
- Jill Maguire
This movie has so much to offer - top of the line film noir story set in NYC c. 1950 - just the opening shots alone are mind-blowing. Engrossing acting by all, not just Farley Granger & Cathy O'Donnell. The magnificent myriad scenes of NYC in black & white intertwined with the fantastic camera angles, intense script and colorful characters make for ESCAPE - PAR EXCELLENCE, not to mention STYLE! Can't imagine anyone not getting TOTALLY carried away by this one as much I did...... and the car chase at the end. Thank you Anthony Mann for a great picture!TCM Fan
A taut action-thriller about a temporary mailman who makes an impulsive bid to end his family's poverty, and gets tangled up in an ever-increasing web of deceit and murder. Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell do a fine job as the unlucky married couple. Great support acting in a film that just keeps on coming. The cinematography of New York is excellent.
Side Street (1950)
- Jay Higgins
A fine and believably presented film noir, with Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell ideally cast and they do a terrific job. The cinematography is outstanding. It is not a big budget film, but you would never know it. It moves along very fast, never boring, taut direction. A fine movie.
- Tom Kirchmer
Great mis en scene with New York City as location. Third Avenue El, Lower Manhattan, and Greenwich Village serve as a back drop for this post war crime drama. Night club, classic bank, apartment interiors, street and car chase scenes are worth the wait for those looking for a period piece for an ever changing city.