One Way Street (1950)

78-79 mins | Drama | 21 April 1950

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HISTORY

The film's working title was Death on a Side Street . The film begins with the following quotation from "Song of a Fatalist": "Waste no moment, nor a single breath; In fearful flight from death: For no matter the tears that may be wept, The appointment will be kept..." The author of this poem has not been determined. One Way Stret was the first U.S. film of Argentine director Hugo Fregonese. Mexican Vice Consul Ernesto Romero acted as technical advisor on the film. According to studio production notes, an entire "Mexican" village was built on the Universal-International lot. Rodolfo Acosta, Emma Roldan and Margarito Luna were all Mexican actors.
       Popular character actor James Best, who appeared briefly in an uncredited role as a "Driver," made his motion picture debut in One Way Street . A HCN article reported that screenwriter Louise Rousseau sued Universal-International for $150,000, claiming that One Way Street incorporated material from her original story entitled "Haunted Heart." The final outcome of the suit has not been ... More Less

The film's working title was Death on a Side Street . The film begins with the following quotation from "Song of a Fatalist": "Waste no moment, nor a single breath; In fearful flight from death: For no matter the tears that may be wept, The appointment will be kept..." The author of this poem has not been determined. One Way Stret was the first U.S. film of Argentine director Hugo Fregonese. Mexican Vice Consul Ernesto Romero acted as technical advisor on the film. According to studio production notes, an entire "Mexican" village was built on the Universal-International lot. Rodolfo Acosta, Emma Roldan and Margarito Luna were all Mexican actors.
       Popular character actor James Best, who appeared briefly in an uncredited role as a "Driver," made his motion picture debut in One Way Street . A HCN article reported that screenwriter Louise Rousseau sued Universal-International for $150,000, claiming that One Way Street incorporated material from her original story entitled "Haunted Heart." The final outcome of the suit has not been determined. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 Apr 1950.
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Daily Variety
12 Apr 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Apr 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Citizen-News
20 Oct 1951.
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Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 49
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 49
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 50
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Apr 50
p. 262.
New York Times
12 May 50
p. 33.
Variety
12 Apr 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Makeup
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Tech adv
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Grip
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Death on a Side Street
Release Date:
21 April 1950
Production Date:
late November--late December 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
17 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP19
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78-79
Length(in feet):
7,077
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14423
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a bank robbery, Dr. Frank Matson waits with gangster John Wheeler, Wheeler's lover Laura and his henchmen, for the rest of the gang to arrive. Wheeler sends Laura to ask Matson for medication for his headache, and after giving Wheeler some pills, Matson calmly picks up the medical bag containing the proceeds of the robbery and starts to leave. Laura asks to come along, and Matson tells Wheeler that the pills he swallowed contained poison. After promising to telephone him with the antidote, Matson and Laura drive away. They are surprised by Arnie, one of the gang, who is hiding in the back seat of the car, having overheard Matson's conversation with Wheeler, and now demands the money. While Laura drives, Matson wrestles with Arnie and kills him. He then reveals that the pills he gave to Wheeler were harmless, and an upset Laura crashes the car. When the police arrive, Matson claims that Arnie was a hitchhiker and was killed during the accident. Later, they buy a used car and continue toward Mexico. Laura tells Matson that she loves him, but Matson makes it clear that he is not interested in love. Meanwhile, Wheeler learns about the automobile accident and plans to track down Matson and Laura. Once past the Mexican border, Matson and Laura hire a plane, which breaks down near a small village. They are approached by Father Moreno, a priest, who offers them food and then scares off bandit brothers Francisco and Antonio Morales. Later, Capt. Rodriguez arrives with his men and offers to take the pilot to a town where he can buy ... +


After a bank robbery, Dr. Frank Matson waits with gangster John Wheeler, Wheeler's lover Laura and his henchmen, for the rest of the gang to arrive. Wheeler sends Laura to ask Matson for medication for his headache, and after giving Wheeler some pills, Matson calmly picks up the medical bag containing the proceeds of the robbery and starts to leave. Laura asks to come along, and Matson tells Wheeler that the pills he swallowed contained poison. After promising to telephone him with the antidote, Matson and Laura drive away. They are surprised by Arnie, one of the gang, who is hiding in the back seat of the car, having overheard Matson's conversation with Wheeler, and now demands the money. While Laura drives, Matson wrestles with Arnie and kills him. He then reveals that the pills he gave to Wheeler were harmless, and an upset Laura crashes the car. When the police arrive, Matson claims that Arnie was a hitchhiker and was killed during the accident. Later, they buy a used car and continue toward Mexico. Laura tells Matson that she loves him, but Matson makes it clear that he is not interested in love. Meanwhile, Wheeler learns about the automobile accident and plans to track down Matson and Laura. Once past the Mexican border, Matson and Laura hire a plane, which breaks down near a small village. They are approached by Father Moreno, a priest, who offers them food and then scares off bandit brothers Francisco and Antonio Morales. Later, Capt. Rodriguez arrives with his men and offers to take the pilot to a town where he can buy the necessary parts to fix the plane. After Moreno takes Laura and Matson to the village, he explains that a small girl is sick and asks Matson to help her. Matson reluctantly agrees, sparking a fight with medicine woman Catalina, but it is too late, as the girl is already dead. He then tells Laura that he had once unsuccessfully tried to save the life of a woman he loved. Learning from the girl's brother Santiago that the village horse is sick, Matson volunteers to help. That evening, Laura tells Matson she wishes to stay in the village, not travel on to Mexico City as he intends. The ailing horse recovers and when the plane arrives, Matson bows to the pressure of Laura and the village children and stays behind. Later, Ollie, one of Wheeler's men, questions the pilot, who tells him that Laura and Matson went to Mexico City. After several weeks, Rodriguez and Moreno arrive with supplies for the hospital that Matson has set up in the village. The Morales brothers also arrive and interrupt an operation. When Santiago intervenes, one of the brothers shoots him, and is shot in turn by the soldiers. After Moreno privately reveals that Wheeler is still looking for him, Matson decides to return the money and settle things with him. He then promises to allow Moreno to conduct a private marriage ceremony when he returns to the village. Together Laura and Matson travel to California. Before he meets with Wheeler, Matson tells Laura how much he loves her and adds that even if he dies, knowing her has made his life worthwhile. When Matson arrives at Wheeler's apartment, he learns that Ollie killed Wheeler during a quarrel over money and now intends to kill Matson. Matson reaches into his bag to get the money for Ollie, and shoots him through the bag with a gun he had hidden there. He then returns to Laura, who is waiting across the street. She hurries to his side, but as he leaves to phone the airlines, he is hit by a car and killed. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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