Down Three Dark Streets was a 1954 documentary-style film noir. It was directed by Arnold Laven with a screenplay written by Gordon and Mildred Gordon, based on their novel Case File FBI. In the film FBI agent John Ripley investigates three cases his murdered partner was working on, hoping to find the killer. The film’s climax takes place around the famous Hollywood Sign in LA.
The film has just been released by MGM as part of their Limited Edition Collection and is an interesting relic of the era as you can see from this trailer.
I had never seen Down Three Dark Streets before this release and I am glad I picked it up. The film has an experimental feel to it, especially in the way that the killer is revealed and the direction. It is also from the tail end of the Film Noir genre and the people behind the film are fully aware of the conventions of the genre, which makes it almost a watchable textbook.
So give it a look. The film is currently available online at Amazon.
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