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Richard Widmark (from the solid Night and the City) and Mark Stevens star in documentary styled film noir The Street With No Name. Sounds like an incredibly cool name for a movie, right?
I’ll keep things short. The film is very entertaining. It’s the typical undercover don’t get caught sort of thing, but nevertheless, it’s entertaining, and definitely worth your time should you get around to watching it.
Three people have been murdered within the same week in the same city, though none of them have any connection to each other except the person who killed them. Undercover special agent Cordell infiltrates the gang under suspicion, and begins to build a case on them. That is, until someone on the other side rats him out.
The movie is, like I said, documentary styled, but it suffers from an unfocused point of view. Throughout the first half hour or so, the movie is narrated by the drone giving us facts on the case and how policemen do their jobs. He’s dropped by the half hour mark, which then switches back and forth between Widmark and Stevens, and occasionally the police themselves, which makes for some very jarring and somewhat confusing moments. I also think that the undercover cop story, while entertaining, is stale.
But what it benefits from is an incredible performance by Widmark and supporting cast, with some great moments of suspense (though the events leading up to the ending and the ending itself seems somewhat trite).
Overall though, I enjoyed the movie. Very entertaining, though nothing mind-blowing here.