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.[1]

Down Three Dark Streets
Directed byArnold Laven
Produced byArthur Gardner
Jules V. Levy
Edward Small (executive)
Written byGordon Gordon
Mildred Gordon
Based onnovel Case File FBI
StarringBroderick Crawford
Ruth Roman
Music byPaul Sawtell
CinematographyJoseph F. Biroc
Edited byGrant Whytock
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • September 2, 1954 (1954-09-02)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.




J. Edgar Hoover objected to early drafts of the script.[2]


  1. 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.
  2. Three Dark Streets article at Turner Classic Movies accessed 1 June 2013
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