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Pickup on South Street


Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye View All


Samuel Fuller (Director), Samuel Fuller (Screenplay) View All

Release: May 27th, 1953
Runtime: 1 hour, 20 minutes
In New York City, an insolent pickpocket, Skip McCoy, inadvertently sets off a chain of events when he targets ex-prostitute Candy and steals her wallet. Unaware that she has been making deliveries of highly classified information to the communists, Candy, who has been trailed by FBI agents for months in hopes of nabbing the spy ringleader, is sent by her ex-boyfriend, Joey, to find Skip and retrieve the valuable microfilm he now holds.
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Citizen Rules
Director: Samuel Fuller Writers: Samuel Fuller (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (story) Cast: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter Genre: Film Noir, Crime Melodram.
Jeff Costello
The supporting cast was pretty strong aswell, especially six time Oscar nominee Thelma Ritter, who rightfully snatched one of her nominations for the role of a professional informer, also perhaps the most tragic character in this film.
This film works because of the best work of the respective careers of Samuel Fuller and Thelma Ritter.