The Street with No Name (1948)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film, Gangster Film  |   Release Date - Jul 14, 1948 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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A taut, gripping documentary-styled crime thriller, The Street with No Name may not be at the absolute top of its class, but it will undoubtedly please fans of the genre. Certainly, Harry Kleiner's screenplay knows how to push all the right buttons. It sets up its story in a classic, no-nonsense way that puts all the players in their appropriate places, gives them the motivations they need, and provides plot pieces that fall right into order in an efficient yet still engaging manner. It's mostly manipulation, but it doesn't really hide that, and most viewers will be happy to be taken along for a ride as the story barrels along its way. William Keighley directs in a clean, get-the-job-done manner that is exactly what is called for, pausing ever so slightly every now and then to throw in an interesting camera angle here or a surprising little move there. Joe MacDonald's cinematography has Keighley's back, maximizing tension when necessary and pulling back for a breather at other times. Mark Stevens is fine as the hero; he's no distinctive personality, but he registers. Much more impressive is Richard Widmark, proving again that he had a wonderful way with villainy.