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|DOWN THREE DARK STREETS (director: Arnold Laven; screenwriters: from book by G & M Gordon "Case File: F.B.I."/Bernard Schoenfeld; cinematographer: Joseph Biroc; editor: Grant Whytock; cast: Broderick Crawford (Ripley), Ruth Roman (Kate Martell), Martha Hyer (Connie Anderson), Marisa Pavan (Julie Angelino), Max Showalter (Dave Millson), Ken Tobey (Zack Stewart), Jay Adler (Uncle Max), Gene Reynolds (Vince Angelino), Joe Bassett (Joe Walpo), Suzanne Alexander (Brenda Ralles), Claude Akins (Matty Pavelich), Myra Marsh (Mrs. Downes), Alexander Campbell (Alex); Runtime: 85; United Artists; 1954)|
like a right-wing Republican at a Grateful Dead
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Routine but competently made B-film crime story. It's a spinoff of Dragnet, as it is filmed in the same breezy documentary style and is also set in Los Angeles. Broderick Crawford is FBI agent Ripley, a no-nonsense sleuth in charge of the criminal investigation. It follows three non-related cases that agent Zack Stewart (Tobey) was working on before he got killed in the line of duty. The film gives you the feel of how the FBI tracks down its suspects, but it fails to be anything more than watchable.
Agent Stewart is involved in three cases, but Ripley
they receive a tip from Brenda Ralles (Alexander) that
she must see him
about a case he's working on and he gets killed while
trying to stop a
man coming out of her apartment. The FBI believes the
agent's killer is
involved in one of these cases that Zack was working
The husband and wife team of the Gordons wrote the story, but didn't really put too much mystery in it. The guilty party stood out like a right-wing Republican at a Grateful Dead concert. Sterling performances by Crawford and Roman, gave the film an uplift. But I still prefer a Charlie Chan mystery.
REVIEWED ON 9/4/2001 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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