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(aka "Crosstown" )


directed by Phil Karlson
USA 1953


Ernie Driscoll (John Payne) is an ex-fighter who came within seconds of winning the world championship. He's now forced to eke out a living driving a cab. A basically decent guy, he has lots of people who care about him, including Linda James (Evelyn Keyes), a slightly ditsy actress friend -- but Ernie also has a short fuse, especially where his wife Pauline (Peggie Castle) is concerned. His rage boils over when he spots her kissing another man, but her unfaithfulness turns out to be the least of his worries. The man she's seeing, Vic Rawlins (Brad Dexter), is a career criminal with both the police and his former partners after him, and he sees Ernie as the perfect fall-guy. The law and Rawlins' criminal associates are soon closing in on Ernie, while he tries desperately -- with Linda's help -- to buy the time he needs to unravel this nightmare.


Theatrical Release: 2 October 1953 (New York)

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DVD Review: MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:23:03

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2011
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Chapters 9





99 River Street is an excellent, but little seen thriller from United Artists from 1953. It became the first classic film noir released in MGM's made-on-demand service and our first review from MGM Limited Edition Collection line. The disc starts with a disclaimer that "the best source materials available" were used, but overall the transfer looks excellent - good contrast and very minimal damage on the print. Unfortunately, the disc is interlaced.

The audio is without any distortion and is clean. Per usual standards for these MOD releases, there are no subtitles and chapters are fixed at every 10 minutes, making 9 total for this 83-minute film. There are no extras, but we still highly recommend this release just on the quality of the film itself.

  - Gregory Meshman


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