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99 River Street

99 River Street (1953)

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Release Date: Jan 11, 1953 Wide

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Ernie Driscoll (John Payne) is an ex-fighter who came within seconds of winning the world championship. He's now forced to eke out a living driving a cab. A basically decent guy, he has lots of people who care about him, including Linda James (Evelyn Keyes), a slightly ditsy actress friend -- but Ernie also has a short fuse, especially where his wife Pauline (Peggie Castle) is concerned. His rage boils over when he spots her kissing another man, but her unfaithfulness turns out to be the least

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... arguably Karlson's greatest film and certainly his most beautifully brutal... a film driven by the fury of a man who is tired of being life's punching bag.

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

Phil Karlson directed series of very tough, violent film noirs, but few of them are as tough and violent as the superb 99 River Street.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Strong thriller, pitting a boxer hero against jewel thieves.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

It's an absorbing film that explores the life of a boxer.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for 99 River Street

Back when drama and suspense made a movie and not sex and swearing like the American movies of today. Made in 1953 this movie stands out there as it is full of drama and suspense. A fighter is just seconds away from becoming the world champion but gets hit above the eye in a fight and with that his dreams and fight days are over, his wife finds another man and his troubles begin. He's just a cap driver now and she wants more, so she helps a thug steal some diamonds and that too goes wrong, Movie is full of suspense and has a full cast of fifties stars who made a lot of different TV series appearances. A Old B&W that gets 4 stars
February 17, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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a terrific overlooked noir, likely the best film of director phil karlson's career. john payne plays a washed up fighter who's constantly reliving his lost shot at the title, struggling as a cabdriver with a dissatisfied wife. what is it with boxers and noir? needless to say, he gets mixed up in a dangerous game, giving him one last shot at redemption. i don't wanna give too much away. everyone is great here, especially evelyn keyes as a standup dame trying to help him out of the jam. check it out
October 4, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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"99 River Street" isn't anything to write home about (and please forgive me for using that phrase), but it more than passes the time, which I'm sure is the reason why it was made in the first place. Of course, it's unlikely that you'll remember anything about it once it's over, but John Payne provides a formidable hero and he ventures through a plot that includes a myriad of twists; two of which really got me. "99 River Street" is forgettable but enjoyable entertainment, and that's sometimes the best kind.
September 23, 2012
Stephen Earnest

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