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Side Street


Dir. Anthony Mann. 1949, 83 mins. 35mm. With Farley Granger, Cathy O’Donnell, James Craig. A part-time letter carrier foolishly steals $30,000 from gangsters and is soon on the run from them and the police. Mann returned to the city of his youth to direct this shattering film noir that reunites Granger with They Live by Night co-star Cathy O’Donnell. Following in the post-World War II tradition of such semi-documentary thrillers as The Naked City, Side Street makes spectacular use of New York locations as the tortured protagonist wanders everywhere from Midtown to Greenwich Village, from South Street Seaport to skid row, culminating in a gripping (and symbolic) car chase through the financial district.

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