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½ August 16, 2016
Pretty good B-movie with plenty of the requisite plot twists. Refreshing to see a cabbie that refuses all fares.
March 21, 2016
John Payne plays a washed-up boxer driving a cab who catches his wannabe gold-digger wife with another guy. This sets the wheels in motion and the screws gradually tighten on Payne in true noir style. Turns out the other guy is a diamond thief who has trouble with his fence and the fence's tough guy assistant (played by noir stalwart Jack Lambert) over Payne's wife's involvement in the heist. When she turns up dead, the cops come looking for Payne. After having reality literally ripped away from him in one crazy scene, he has to use his knuckles to fight his way to the truth. Director Phil Karlson knows his noir sets (see also Dark Alibi, Kansas City Confidential, or The Phenix City Story) and he lays them all out for us here (late night drug store, boxing ring, all-night café, waterfront, expensive upper class apartment, neon lit or darkened streets of New York, and unusually the Broadway footlights). Perhaps there isn't as much a sense of dread as in other 1950s noirs and perhaps Payne is a little too wooden in the lead but for solid genre fare, look no further.
½ July 20, 2015
decent noir. great performance by Payne
April 16, 2015
Bravo for this great B movie!
January 3, 2014
Great acting all around, and the plot is interesting as well, with some interesting twists and turns along the way.
½ October 28, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013

(1953) 99 River Street

Solid low budget thriller is like reliving a very bad dream which centers on ex-boxer turned blue collar cab driver getting himself mixed up with some bad cronies unaware that his wife had something to do with it.

Although the movie is outdated, the way his fellow cabby workers believe the main protagonist and of course help him resolve his complicated situation feels very authentic since in real life an innocent person can't clear himself without the help of others.

3 out of 4 stars
October 28, 2013
Reliable director Phil Karlson knocks out another tough solid noir about an ex-boxer, now cabbie, who is framed for the murder of his wife and tries to find the real murderer while on the run from the cops.
½ January 29, 2013
Unpredictable, clever, engaging fast-paced noir--Payne Against the World!!
January 17, 2013
Entertaining noir film about a boxer that just lost his shot at the title and is now getting double crossed from all angles....
January 15, 2013
good noir-... 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.
November 4, 2012
There was a humble brilliance that often emerged from the classic Hollywood genre cinema that is perfectly realized in this gritty, sharply written gem helmed by low-budget workhorse Phil Karlson. John Payne's down-trodden protagonist has our sympathy from minute one to fade out, making the detours in the constantly thrilling plot that much more exciting, and the un-noir-like ending gratifying and well-earned. The cast is refreshingly eclectic, distinctive, real, likable and memorable, as is the nuanced night-world atmosphere, which is another equally well-realized character.
Super Reviewer
½ September 23, 2012
"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.
April 8, 2012
What a captivating noir this is with very impressive performances especially John Payne as Ernie Driscoll and Evelyn Keyes as Linda James. Recommended viewing for sure.
January 4, 2012
Begins with two important lessons: Actresses, never trust a 9pm private casting call, and everyone else, don't trust actresses. Unrelated: Evelyn Keyes is too sexy for 1953.
½ August 18, 2011
This movie is one of my favorite film noirs of all time. John Payne stars in this 1953 classic, and I consider this one of his best performances. He plays a failed boxer that has to turn into a cab driver to scrounge up enough money to support his bitter wife Pauline (Castle). She runs to a villainous crime leader Vic for love and money, but when when John Payne's character Ernie finds out, he goes on an angry rampage, causing him to be wanted from the police. Then the worst happens and Vic kills Pauline, and frames Ernie. With the help of his lover (Keyes), Ernie has to prove he's innocent. "99 River Street" is so much more than most famous film noirs, like "The Big Sleep" or "Out of the Past". It has non-stop violence, killing, for once the actors really REALLY get into their characters, which was amazing. I consider this to be John Payne's best role, I have never seen an actor get so angry onscreen besides Robert Ryan's racist bigot Monty from "Crossfire". Payne most certainly should have been nominated for something but most likely didn't because this was a B-movie. Noir usual Evelyn Keyes is phenomenal here, and proved she could do just about anything in her role. This was my first movie seeing her, and I can say I'm coming back for more. The cinematography is certainly worth mentioning, the smoky dark atmosphere mixed with the shadowy lighting all comes out in a very eery quality, and almost mirrored every action on camera. Bravo to director Phil Karlson! "99 River Street" is almost too overlooked, and once any film noir fan sees in they should know theyre in for a wild ride. Recommended.
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2011
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
January 13, 2011
another boxing movie-oh boy!
December 28, 2010
Hooray, the titular address is in my hometown Jersey City....Google Maps here I come!
½ November 20, 2010
This film churns away the rusty iron wheel of deception and lies. As it squeaks, each dilapidated gear clangs and grinds. The rusty fragments of iron sprinkle down on your unsuspecting face. This is noir.

Highly entertaining. Highly suspenseful. Highly under-appreciated. Join the privileged few, and give this little ruby noir a peep.
August 31, 2010
recommended by rubystevens........
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