Down Three Dark Streets
Down Three Dark Streets is a 1954 film noir crime film directed by Arnold Laven and starring Broderick Crawford and Ruth Roman. The screenplay was written by Gordon Gordon and Mildred Gordon, based on their novel Case File FBI.
|Down Three Dark Streets|
|Directed by||Arnold Laven|
|Produced by||Arthur Gardner|
Jules V. Levy
Edward Small (executive)
|Written by||Gordon Gordon|
|Based on||novel Case File FBI|
|Music by||Paul Sawtell|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||Grant Whytock|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
FBI agent John Ripley investigates the three cases his murdered partner Zack Stewart was working on, thinking that one of them may reveal the identity of Stewart's murderer.
One involves wanted fugitive Joe Walpo, who has killed a gas-station attendant. Another concerns a department store fashion buyer, Kate Martell, who is being extorted by a man threatening to kill her daughter. A third has to do with a gang of thugs who hijack cars.
Ripley and his new partner trail Connie Anderson, a girlfriend of Walpo's, to his hideout, where Ripley shoots him. They tie up the car-jacking case and are then able to narrow down who the killer of the FBI agent must be.
They follow Kate to the "Hollywood" sign in the hills above Los Angeles, where she has been told to bring the money. There the extortionist is revealed to be a man named Milson who had shown a romantic interest in Kate, leading to a confrontation with Ripley.
- Broderick Crawford as FBI Agent John Ripley
- Ruth Roman as Kate Martell
- Martha Hyer as Connie Anderson
- Marisa Pavan as Julie Angelino
- Max Showalter as Dave Milson ( as Casey Adams)
- Kenneth Tobey Zack Stewart
- Gene Reynolds as Vince Angelino
- William Johnstone as Frank Pace
- Harlan Warde as Greg Barker
- Jay Adler as Uncle Max
- Claude Akins as Matty Pavelich
- Suzanne Alexander as Brenda Ralles
- Myra Marsh as Mrs. Domes
- Joe Basselt as Joe Walpo
J. Edgar Hoover objected to early drafts of the script.
- Palace Offers a Melodrama About F. B. I. O. A. G.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Sep 1954: 6.
- Three Dark Streets article at Turner Classic Movies accessed 1 June 2013