Down Three Dark Streets

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"Down This Street Raced Dead-End Violence... Down This One Stretched Excitement Taut As Silk!"
  • NR
  • 1954
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 6.7  (1,535)

Down Three Dark Streets is a 1954 crime-thriller directed by Arnold Laven and starring Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, and Martha Hyer. The film has Crawford playing FBI agent John “Rip” Ripley, who takes on three different cases simultaneously as he tries to solve the murder of one of his colleagues. The film, which takes place in Los Angeles, is a classic film noir that is filled with suspense, twists, and turns that keep the viewer on the edge of their seat.

The film opens with FBI agent Zack Stewart being killed by a criminal he had been investigating, leaving behind a wife and two children. Ripley, Stewart’s friend and colleague, takes on the investigation and makes it his mission to find the killer. Soon, however, he discovers that Stewart was involved in several other cases and decides to pursue them as well. He makes a personal vow to bring all three cases to their conclusions and to make sure the killers are brought to justice.

The first of the three cases he takes on is Jane Downs (Hyer), a young woman who is being blackmailed by a criminal named Joe Walpo (Gene Reynolds). Her father was a counterfeiter who passed away, leaving her with a small fortune in counterfeit money. Joe Walpo has obtained a sample of the counterfeit money and is using it to blackmail Jane. Ripley decides to help Jane by going undercover and infiltrating Walpo’s gang to get the evidence he needs to make an arrest.

The second case Ripley takes on involves Mrs. Fargo (Roman), a widow who is searching for her missing husband. She had last seen him on the day he was supposed to meet with a man named Mike (Max Showalter), who was blackmailing him. Ripley follows the trail of Mike, leading him to a motel where he discovers the truth about the missing husband.

The third and final case involves a criminal named “Socks” Barbarrosa (William Johnstone), who is involved in a string of robberies. Ripley knows that “Socks” is responsible for the murder of his colleague Zack Stewart and goes after him with a vengeance. The chase leads him to a showdown with Socks and his gang, leading to a thrilling climax that is filled with tension and excitement.

One of the things that stands out in Down Three Dark Streets is the cinematography, which is dark and moody, typical of the classic film noir era. The use of shadows and contrasts adds to the atmosphere of the film and creates a sense of unease that keeps the viewer on edge. The performances by the main cast are also noteworthy, with Broderick Crawford delivering a solid performance as the determined FBI agent. Ruth Roman and Martha Hyer also give strong performances, adding depth and complexity to their respective characters.

The film moves at a brisk pace, with each case leading to the next, making it an intense and riveting experience. The film’s themes of justice, revenge, and redemption are explored throughout, making it both entertaining and thoughtful. Down Three Dark Streets is a classic thriller that stands the test of time, proving to be a must-watch for fans of the genre.

Down Three Dark Streets is a 1954 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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  • Release Date
    1954
  • MPAA Rating
    NR
  • Runtime
    1 hr 26 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (1,535)