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directed by Edwin L. Marin
USA 1948

 

Three friends from way back. Barney Runson (William Bendix) is a plainclothes detective. Dan Gannin (George Raft) is a high-stakes bookie and Hal Towers (Harry Morgan) works one of his lower-level operations. They’re on opposite sides of the law, but they remain pals. Then the syndicate starts trying to run a protection racket on the local bookies, and they chuck Hal down a flight of stairs. Dan swears vengeance, but Barney is putting the pressure on him to let the police handle it. He recruits Dan’s sister (Gale Robbins) and sweetheart (Marilyn Maxwell) to help his cause, but Hal has a code and is determined to do things his way.

Excerpt of review from Martin Teller located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 11 September 1948 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Film Noir Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:18:39
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.26 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.

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Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: April 15th, 2014
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Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments

Director Edwin L. Marin and actor George Raft collaborated on a number of crime dramas starting with Johnny Angel (not to be confused with Johnny Allegro and Nocturne for RKO and Mr. Ace, Christmas Eve and Intrigue for United Artists. Race Street, co-starring William Bendix and Marilyn Maxwell, was their final collaboration for RKO. Edwin L. Marin would pass away in 1951, having directed 6 Randolph Scott westerns in his last 3 years. Race Street is a routine crime drama - George Raft plays a high-stakes bookie and a club owner Dan Gannin, William Bendix is his old friend and a police detective Barney Runson, Harry Morgan is his other friend Hal Towers who gets killed by a syndicate for Dan to swear vengeance. Marilyn Maxwell plays Dan's love interest and Gale Robbins plays his sister and sings a few songs. There is some impressive camera work, including the first song number with Gale Robbins floating over the club and the Hal's murder sequence, and noir atmosphere holds up till the very end.
 

Made-on-demand disc from Warner Archive was announced to be released same week as their Nocturne, Red Light and Roadblock discs, but was delayed for 2 months. The single-layered disc features a new progressive transfer, with little damage, but the contrast and grain level are fine. There mono audio has some hiss, but it's never intrusive and, per usual, there are no subtitles provided. There are no extras and film gets only 8 chapters. For the right price, we can easily recommend this release for any dark cinema fan.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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