#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – On a crowded subway, Skip McCoy picks the purse of Candy. Among his take, although he does not know it at the time, is a piece of top-secret microfilm that was being passed by Candy’s consort, a Communist agent. Candy discovers the whereabouts of the film through Moe Williams, a police informer. She attempts to seduce McCoy to recover the film. She fails to get back the film and falls in love with him. The desperate agent exterminates Moe and savagely beats Candy. McCoy, now goaded into action, confronts the agent in a particularly brutal fight in a subway.
Plot: In New York City, an insolent pickpocket, Skip McCoy, inadvertently sets off a chain of events when he targets ex-prostitute Candy and steals her wallet. Unaware that she has been making deliveries of highly classified information to the communists, Candy, who has been trailed by FBI agents for months in hopes of nabbing the spy ringleader, is sent by her ex-boyfriend, Joey, to find Skip and retrieve the valuable microfilm he now holds.
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Forget the communist fervour and delve further.
Skip McCoy is a three time loser pick pocket, unable to curb his instincts back on the street, he picks the purse of Candy on a subway train. What he doesn’t realise is that Candy is carrying top secret microfilm, microfilm that is of high interest to many many organisations.
Director Samuel Fuller has crafted an exceptional drama set amongst the seedy underworld of New York City. Communist spies and shady government operatives all blend together to make Pickup On South Street a riveting viewing from first minute to the last. Based around a Dwight Taylor story called “Blaze Of Glory”, Fuller infused this adaptation with a heavy set political agenda, something that many at the time felt was over done, but to only focus on the anti communist leanings is doing it a big disservice.
Digging a little deeper and you find characters as intriguing as any that Fuller has directed. The main protagonist for one is the hero of the piece, a crook and a shallow human being, his heroics are not born out of love for his country, they are born out of his sheer stubborn streak. It’s quite an achievement that Fuller has crafted one of the best anti heroes of the 1950s, and I’m sure he was most grateful to the performance of Richard Widmark as McCoy. Widmark is all grin and icy cold heart, his interplay with the wonderful Jean Peters as Candy is excellent and is the film’s heart. However, it is the Oscar nominated Thelma Ritter who takes the acting honours, her Moe is strong and as seedy as the surrounding characters, but there is a tired warmth to her that Ritter conveys majestically.
It’s a “B” movie in texture but an “A” film in execution, Pickup On South Street is a real classy and entertaining film that is one of the best from its most intriguing director. 9/10
A pickpocket (Richard Widmark) steals a woman’s wallet on the subway (Jean Peters), but unknown to both of them, it contains top secret American information that was going to be delivered to the Russians. A well connected woman in the underworld (Thelma Ritter) helps the police, the woman, and the pickpocket at various points along the way, but she draws the line at helping communists.
The strength of this film for me came in its cast. Widmark is great in his sneering defiance of the police, and in both seducing and dominating Peters when she seeks him out. Thelma Ritter is great as always, and the scene that starts with her playing Mam’selle on the phonograph next to her bed is excellent. Peters has several fine moments, and the one where she’s abused by her handler (Richard Kiley) is intense. The film also moves along efficiently and briskly at 80 minutes, which I liked. Oh, and that shot in the dumb waiter that director (and writer) Sam Fuller gives us! Brilliant.
The weakness is in its implausible actions, most notably just how quickly Peters falls for Widmark, even though that scene where he strokes her face before kissing her is pretty steamy. Maybe it’s just a little too brisk for its own good. The whole communist crew seem remarkably weak given the importance of the information. There are other things as well, starting from why she’s on the subway to begin with and running all the way through to a ridiculous ending (no doubt in there because of the Production Code), but it gets a little tedious to pick a movie like this apart. You have to enjoy it for what it is, and it’s pretty entertaining. Like a lot of noir films, there is a certain baseline level of misogyny though, in this case with Peters either being knocked around or kissed.
I didn’t care for the communist scare aspect of the film, and how much this affected the characters (look, even crooks hate commies!), however, I have to give Fuller and studio exec Darryl F. Zanuck credit for standing up to J. Edgar Hoover when he tried to get changes made. I’m not sure this quite lives up to the reputation of being a classic, but watch it for the performances, and its atmosphere.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 20 min (80 min), 1 hr 15 min (75 min) (DVD) (Spain)
Genre Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Director Samuel Fuller
Writer Samuel Fuller (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (story)
Actors Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Production Company Twentieth Century Fox
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory 20th Century-Fox Studio Laboratory, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Film Length 2,202 m (8 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm