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      99 River Street

      Released Jan 1, 1953 1 hr. 23 min. Crime Drama Action List
      100% 7 Reviews Tomatometer 80% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Cab driver and ex-boxer Ernie (John Payne) discovers his wife Pauline (Peggie Castle) has been cheating on him. Ernie is approached by actress friend Linda (Evelyn Keyes), who says that she needs his help because she killed a man during an audition. After rushing to the theater, Ernie discovers that Linda's desperate tale was the audition. As if that humiliation isn't enough, Ernie is then framed for Pauline's murder by her lover, jewel thief Victor Rawlins (Brad Dexter). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 12 Buy Now

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      Blobbo X Ending not so noir. That ok, think Blobbo! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/09/23 Full Review Bill B Over rated. Way too many dopey situations to be a gripping noir affair. Dexter plays a convincing villain, though, and most of the film I was waiting for someone to wipe the smirk off his face. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 08/01/23 Full Review Aldo G John Payne delivers a knockout performance as a former prize fighter whose cheating wife gets involved with a jewel thief played by Brad Dexter. Evelyn Keyes has the unenviable task of trying to help Payne's character out of a frame up. The rest of the supporting cast of crime film veterans answer the bell and director Phil Karlson almost goes the distance but stumbles in the last five minutes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The greatest 01 hour: and 23 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review s r Well made, well acted and good plot. Really an underrated gem. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review stu b John Payne stars as a washed-up fighter who makes ends meet by driving a cab; when his two-timing wife turns up dead in the back seat, he finds himself both on the run from the law (he's the primary suspect) and heading toward a showdown with the actual killer, his wife's jewel thief lover. Payne is riveting, tough in one scene, tormented in the next; Evelyn Keyes as the actress pal who falls for him is spunky and resourceful and altogether excellent; and Peggie Castle brings just the right amount of thinly-veiled frustration to the small but pivotal role of the wife. Inventive camera work and gorgeous black-and-white shots of darkened, rain-slicked streets--courtesy of ace cinematographer Franz Planer--make this a noir fan's dream. (The fight scenes--including the beautifully shot prizefight that opens the film--are something to see, too.) Well worth a look. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/08/19 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Manny Farber The Nation The plot is routine, but the direction, which seems to dislike anything that smacks of the phrase "don't get excited,'' makes the picture worth seeing. Nov 24, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com A romantic-tinged noir focusing on unabashed wash-outs and sell-outs, 99 River Street is a lot less hopeless than it initially seems on the surface, and is an enjoyable, minor genre gem. Rated: 3/5 Oct 8, 2020 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand 99 River Street, arguably Karlson's greatest film and certainly his most beautifully brutal, is a film driven by the fury of a man who is tired of being life's punching bag. Jan 5, 2018 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing Has any other cinematic genre offered as many buried treasures as film noir? Here's another unpolished gem to add to the stack. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 25, 2016 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Phil Karlson directed series of very tough, violent film noirs, but few of them are as tough and violent as the superb 99 River Street. Jul 16, 2010 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Strong thriller, pitting a boxer hero against jewel thieves. Jan 31, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Cab driver and ex-boxer Ernie (John Payne) discovers his wife Pauline (Peggie Castle) has been cheating on him. Ernie is approached by actress friend Linda (Evelyn Keyes), who says that she needs his help because she killed a man during an audition. After rushing to the theater, Ernie discovers that Linda's desperate tale was the audition. As if that humiliation isn't enough, Ernie is then framed for Pauline's murder by her lover, jewel thief Victor Rawlins (Brad Dexter).
      Director
      Phil Karlson
      Screenwriter
      Robert Smith, George Zuckerman
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      United Artists
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 1, 1953, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 17, 2017
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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