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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

SIDE STREET (1949)


Farley Granger & Cathy O’Donnell quickly followed up on their successful pairing in RKO’s THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (see below) with this unmemorable M-G-M programmer. Helmer Anthony Mann pulls off some flavorsome NYC location stuff, but everyone involved knows this one’s going nowhere. Granger plays one of the little people in the big city who steals a couple of hundred bucks so that his wife (O’Donnell) doesn’t have to have their baby in the city ward. But when he finds he actually stole 30 grand, and that a dame was murdered as part of the scam, he just wants to give it all back. Sidney Boehm’s script is all function & no fun and neither the villains nor the all-knowing detective (Paul Kelly) bring much flair to the procedural proceedings. Scorer Lennie Hayton gets in some jazzy licks, and lenser Joseph Ruttenberg has fun working the gritty side of the street, but the pickings are slim here.

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