Race Street (1948)

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In San Francisco, when a bookie is murdered by a protection racket syndicate, his bookie friend Dan Gannin and police lieutenant Barney Runson investigate.


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  • Marilyn Maxwell and George Raft in Race Street (1948)
  • Marilyn Maxwell and George Raft in Race Street (1948)
  • William Bendix, Mack Gray, Marilyn Maxwell, and George Raft in Race Street (1948)
  • Marilyn Maxwell, Harry Morgan, and George Raft in Race Street (1948)
  • Richard Benedict, Mack Gray, and George Raft in Race Street (1948)
  • Race Street (1948)

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13 January 2006 | krorie
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| Race to see this exceptional film noir flick
One of the best of the film noir movies was "Nocturne" directed by Edwin L. Marin starring George Raft. The two teamed once more in an attempt to recreate the magic of that movie. Though the result "Race Street" doesn't have the compactness nor the intricate story lines of "Nocturne," it is worthwhile film noir. George Raft while not a great actor had an aura about him that gave authenticity to roles such as that of Dan Gannin. William Bendix, perhaps the most underrated actor Hollywood ever produced with the possible exception of Bob Mitchum, steals the show as always. Marilyn Maxwell makes a dandy femme fatale and the rest of the cast do their part to make this one a winner.

The cinematography of the San Francisco area is crisp black and white at its best. Who ever designed the stairs that Harry Morgan is thrown down to his death deserves special recognition. Later George Raft is beat up on the same stairs. They appear menacing with the cold drab look of death about them.

The music is appropriate and the songs well chosen to capture the necessary mood of the piece. Even the title is a good one. "Race Street" may indicate horses since the film is about double dealing bookies but it is also a metaphor for the story.

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