Side Street (1950)




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Farley Granger plays a casually larcenous New York City mailman who steals a shipment of money. Granger's excitement over this windfall turns to terror when he discovers that the money was part of a transaction between gangsters. Harassed by both crooks and cops, Granger lives to regret his impulsive theft--especially when it is tied in with a murder. The story is wrapped up in spectacular fashion with a climactic car chase. Farley Granger's costar in Side Street is Cathy O'Donnell; both were on loan to MGM from Samuel Goldwyn, and both were banking on their previous successful teaming in RKO's They Live By Night.
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Farley Granger
as Joe Norson
Cathy O'Donnell
as Ellen Norson
Paul Kelly
as Capt. Walter Anderson
James Craig
as Georgie Garsell
Edmon Ryan
as Victor Backett
Paul Harvey
as Emil Lorrison
Jean Hagen
as Harriet Sinton
Charles McGraw
as Stanley Simon
Edwin Max
as Nick Drummon
Adele Jergens
as Lucille `Lucky' Colner
Harry Bellaver
as Larry Giff
Whit Bissell
as Harold Simpsen
John Gallaudet
as Gus Heldon
Esther Somers
as Mrs. Malby
Harry Antrim
as Mr. Malby
George Tyne
as Detective Roffman
Kathryn Givney
as Miss Carter
King Donovan
as Gottschalk
Norman Leavitt
as Pete Stanton
Sid Tomack
as Louie
Joe Verdi
as Vendor
Dan Terranova
as Patrolman
James Westerfield
as Patrolman
Brett King
as Pigeon Man
John K. Butler
as Elevator Man
Herb Vigran
as Photographer
Ransom Sherman
as Superintendent
Ruth Warren
as Housekeeper
Eula Guy
as Florence
Edmund Glover
as Fingerprint Expert
William Hansen
as Dr. Harry Sternberg
Tom McElhany
as Newsboy
George David
as Syrian Proprietor
Don Haggerty
as Rivers
Mildred Wall
as Mrs. Glickburn
Alberto Morin
as Ismot Kimal
Peter DeBear
as Tommy Drummon Jr.
Bee Humphries
as Mrs. Farnol
Sarah Selby
as Nurse Williams
Margaret Brayton
as Woman Clerk
Charles McAvoy
as Bank Guard
George Lynn
as Frank
Nolan Leary
as Doorman
Ralph Riggs
as Proprietor
Ben Cooper
as Young Man
Marie Crisis
as Headwaitress
Lynne Millan
as Hatcheck Girl
David Wolfe
as Smitty
Minerva Urecal
as Landlady
Walter Craig
as Radio Clerk
Frank Conlon
as Night Elevator Operator
John Phillips
as Detective
Ellen Lowe
as Mrs. Rivers
James O'Neill
as Priest
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Critic Reviews for Side Street

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Cut down to its essentials, that's just about all it is: in short. It can only be fully recommended to those who have a deep and morbid interest in crime.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Visually splendid film noir thriller shot in New York City.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Probably a minor Mann, but still very much worth seeing.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

...a nice little film, and greatly overlooked. (Film Noir Classics, Volume 4)

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Movie Metropolis

...bristles with sharp angles, playful juxtapositions of light and shadow, and every facet of film noir you would expect to find in the very best of the breed.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Movie Metropolis

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Full Review… | October 27, 2006

Audience Reviews for Side Street


Intriguing noir and a decent story. Cinematography was done in great style but that's about it really. The plot is promising in the beginning but the ending is quite disappointing. It could have ended in a much more powerful note.

Stefanos Tran
Stefanos Tran

Solid noir features excellent NYC locations and a unique car chase sequence.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


One of Anthony Mann's last and great film noir pieces that seems to borrow quite a bit from Naked City. Mann's direction overshadows the just there performances by Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell and the rest of the cast. Mann sets up some spectacular shots of late 40s New York City. The uneven and bouncy script start to take away from Side Street until that final brilliant car chase (which ultimately won me over) goes down. Great opening titles too.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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