The Street with No Name (1948)

91 mins | Drama | July 1948

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HISTORY

This film's working titles were The FBI Story , Manhunt and The Greatest Crime . The opening credits include the following written foreword: "The motion picture you are about to see was adapted from the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wherever possible, it was photographed in the original locale and played by the actual FBI personnel involved." This is followed by a written message from J. Edgar Hoover: "The street on which crime flourishes is the street extending across America. It is the street with no name. Organized gangsterism is once again returning. If permitted to go unchecked three out of every four Americans will eventually become its victims. Wherever law and order break down there you will find public indifference. An alert and vigilant America will make for a secure America."
       According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department and the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, The Street with No Name originally was to be made by Louis de Rochemont as a sequel to his 1945 documentary-like film The House on 92nd Street (See Entry) in which Lloyd Nolan first portrayed "Inspector Briggs." Throughout the last half of 1946 and into the spring of 1947, writer Eugene Ling produced several outlines and a first draft screenplay, based on research he had done at FBI headquarters in Washington. Harry Kleiner's screenplay was based on Ling's outlines, but the extent of Ling's contribution to the released film has not been determined.
       Various locations in and around Los Angeles were used in the picture to depict "Center City," including the downtown ... More Less

This film's working titles were The FBI Story , Manhunt and The Greatest Crime . The opening credits include the following written foreword: "The motion picture you are about to see was adapted from the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wherever possible, it was photographed in the original locale and played by the actual FBI personnel involved." This is followed by a written message from J. Edgar Hoover: "The street on which crime flourishes is the street extending across America. It is the street with no name. Organized gangsterism is once again returning. If permitted to go unchecked three out of every four Americans will eventually become its victims. Wherever law and order break down there you will find public indifference. An alert and vigilant America will make for a secure America."
       According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department and the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, The Street with No Name originally was to be made by Louis de Rochemont as a sequel to his 1945 documentary-like film The House on 92nd Street (See Entry) in which Lloyd Nolan first portrayed "Inspector Briggs." Throughout the last half of 1946 and into the spring of 1947, writer Eugene Ling produced several outlines and a first draft screenplay, based on research he had done at FBI headquarters in Washington. Harry Kleiner's screenplay was based on Ling's outlines, but the extent of Ling's contribution to the released film has not been determined.
       Various locations in and around Los Angeles were used in the picture to depict "Center City," including the downtown Los Angeles Orner Gymnasium, the Royal and Gilbert Hotels, the American Bus Co. Depot and an amusement arcade on Main Street, as well as the FBI's Los Angeles office on Spring Street. Additional locations included the Lincoln Heights Jail, a bond company opposite the jail, the exteriors of a house on Glenbarr Street in Cheviot Hills and an apartment building on So. Bixel Street, the Meadowbrook Café in Culver City, the Lido Café on So. Harbor Blvd, the San Pedro Municipal Ferry Building and a bank exterior in Inglewood. The Holly Sugar factory in Santa Ana was used as the factory in the film's climax. Sequences were also filmed at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. A studio press release in the AMPAS Library states that out of a sixty-five-day shooting schedule, only three days were spent shooting at the studio.
       Joan Chandler was cast in the role of Mark Stevens' fiancée but that character does not appear in the completed film. Some music written for The House on 92nd Street was reused in this film, according to studio records. A radio adaptation of the film featuring Richard Widmark, Lloyd Nolan and Mark Stevens was broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre on 31 Jan 1949 and again on 12 Dec 1949 with Mark Stevens and Stephen McNally. On 17 Nov 1949, Screen Guild Players broadcast another radio adaptation featuring Richard Widmark and Mark Stevens. In 1955, Twentieth Century-Fox remade the story as House of Bamboo , which was directed by Samuel Fuller and starred Robert Stack, Robert Ryan and Shirley Yamaguchi. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Jul 1948.
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Daily Variety
23 Jun 48
p. 3, 6
Film Daily
25 Jun 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 47
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 48
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jun 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 48
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 May 48
p. 4165.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Jun 48
p. 4213.
New York Times
15 Jul 48
p. 26.
Variety
23 Jun 48
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Contr wrt
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward dir
Cost des
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Boxing adv
Boxing adv
STAND INS
Stand-in for Mark Stevens
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Manhunt
The Greatest Crime
The FBI Story
Release Date:
July 1948
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 June 1948
Production Date:
15 December 1947--7 March 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 June 1948
Copyright Number:
LP2008
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in feet):
8,201
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12956
SYNOPSIS

A crime wave, including a holdup and killing at a nightclub and a bank robbery in which a guard is killed, has hit Center City. A squad of FBI agents headed by inspector George A. Briggs meets with local FBI field officer Richard Atkins, police chief Bernard Harmatz and commissioner Ralph Demory. After Briggs interrogates suspect Robert Danker, who claims he was not involved in either killing and that he has been framed, various tests are run at the FBI laboratory in Washington that exonorate Danker. Later, Danker, who has been bailed out by "John Smith," is found stabbed to death. At the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Briggs briefs agent Gene Cordell, who is going undercover in Center City to try to infiltrate the gang Briggs thinks is responsible for all three killings. Cordell takes a bus into Center City and takes a room at the same skid row hotel in which Danker had been living. Fellow agent Cy Gordon is in a similar hotel across the street from him. Using the name George Manly, Cordell makes himself known in the area by going to the local gym and picking a fight with one of the boxers training there. He is spotted by owner Alec Stiles, who offers him cash if he can last against the boxer. He does so and Alec pays him off. Later, in a nearby amusement arcade, Cordell tells Gordon that while he was at the gym, his Social Security card was stolen. As they talk, two policemen approach and arrest Cordell for a break-in at a jewelry store, where his card has been found. The FBI has provided a false record for Cordell, ... +


A crime wave, including a holdup and killing at a nightclub and a bank robbery in which a guard is killed, has hit Center City. A squad of FBI agents headed by inspector George A. Briggs meets with local FBI field officer Richard Atkins, police chief Bernard Harmatz and commissioner Ralph Demory. After Briggs interrogates suspect Robert Danker, who claims he was not involved in either killing and that he has been framed, various tests are run at the FBI laboratory in Washington that exonorate Danker. Later, Danker, who has been bailed out by "John Smith," is found stabbed to death. At the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Briggs briefs agent Gene Cordell, who is going undercover in Center City to try to infiltrate the gang Briggs thinks is responsible for all three killings. Cordell takes a bus into Center City and takes a room at the same skid row hotel in which Danker had been living. Fellow agent Cy Gordon is in a similar hotel across the street from him. Using the name George Manly, Cordell makes himself known in the area by going to the local gym and picking a fight with one of the boxers training there. He is spotted by owner Alec Stiles, who offers him cash if he can last against the boxer. He does so and Alec pays him off. Later, in a nearby amusement arcade, Cordell tells Gordon that while he was at the gym, his Social Security card was stolen. As they talk, two policemen approach and arrest Cordell for a break-in at a jewelry store, where his card has been found. The FBI has provided a false record for Cordell, and he is bailed out by John Smith, who turns out to be Stiles. Through the police department, Stiles has acquired a copy of Cordell's phony FBI record and is impressed enough to invite him to join his organization. Later, Cordell meets with Briggs on board a ferry, and his report convinces Briggs that the Stiles gang are their culprits. After Stiles and his henchmen plan a robbery of a local mansion, Stiles has a violent argument with his girl friend Judy. Cordell alerts Gordon about the robbery and the FBI and police prepare an ambush, but Stiles' informant within the police department tips him off and he cancels the job. Cordell returns to gang headquarters and fires a shot from Stiles' revolver in order to recover the bullet for testing. However, Stiles discovers that his gun has been fired and goes to see his informant, Commissioner Demory, and asks him to have his gun checked for fingerprints. Demory later advises Stiles that his gang has been infiltrated by Cordell. Shivvy and Matty, two of Stiles' henchmen, take Cordell to see Stiles and Gordon follows them in a taxi. Briggs, who has been observing Stiles and can link him to Demory, then receives a report from Washington that the barrel markings on the bullet fired from Stiles' gun are identical with those on the bullets used in the previous kilings. After Gordon tracks Shivvy, Matty and Cordell to a factory, he tells the taxi driver to get word to Briggs as to where he is. Inside the plant, Shivvy discovers and then stabs Gordon. Cordell does not realize he has been found out until Stiles announces he is going to frame him and have Demory's officers "accidentally" kill him. However, the plan backfires when Briggs and Chief Harmatz arrive with backup and chase Stiles through the factory. Cordell corners Stiles and kills him, and as Briggs arrests Demory, agent Gordon recovers. +

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