Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Farley Granger plays a casually larcenous New York City mailman who steals a shipment of money. Granger's excitement over this windfall turns to terror when he discovers that the money was part of a transaction between gangsters. Harassed by both crooks and cops, Granger lives to regret his impulsive theft--especially when it is tied in with a murder. The story is wrapped up in spectacular fashion with a climactic car chase. Farley Granger's costar in Side Street is Cathy O'Donnell; both were on loan to MGM from Samuel Goldwyn, and both were banking on their previous successful teaming in RKO's They Live By Night.
blackmail, chase, city, clerk, desperation, employment, escape, false-accusation, friendship, gangster, guilt, hidden, hideout, home, killing, leader, loot, mail, motel, nightclub, on-the-run, payment, payoff, police, postman, problems, refugee, return, robbery, shoot-out, society, street, town, wound [injury]