Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Street of Illusion was based on a story by once-popular playwright Channing Pollock. Ian Keith is well-cast as a pompous ham actor who is jealous of his rival Kenneth Thompson's success. Feeling persecuted, Keith begins to harbor thoughts of eliminating Thompson through the most drastic means possible -- murder. But by film's end, it is Keith who emerges the hero, laying down his own life for the sake of Thompson and heroine Virginia Valli. The trade magazine Variety's reviewer felt that Street of Illusion was so much applesauce, preferring instead the vaudeville show that accompanied the film's original New York run.
actor, bad-guy-turns-good, hero, jealousy, love, murder, persecution, rival, self-sacrifice