Thursday, April 8, 2010

Scary in Your Pocket

A pickpocket picks the wrong purse
and into the spy game's immersed
The secrets inside
could get the guy fried
by commies or cops--which is worse?

Richard Widmark lifts "B-girl" Jean Peters' pocketbook in Pickup on South Street (Sam Fuller, 1953). Pickup is certainly the greatest so-called "anti-commie" film ever made--perhaps the only truly good one. It's also a cracking good noir. Here's a review on Noir of the Week.

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