The Street With No Name (1948) FBI, Gangsters, Infiltration and Informants

The Street with No Name (1948) poster movie film richard widmark

Funny how you watch one superb film and before you know it there’s two more excellent films you see connected to it and off back you go into movieland. This time it happened straight off the bat of watching the first-rate 1955 Samuel Fuller directed, Japan meets US gangster flick starring Robert Ryan called House Of Bamboo. On further investigation it revealed that the film was actually a loose remake of a 1948 Richard Widmark movie called The Street With No Name featuring the same theme of infiltrating a gangster outfit. Now I was hit by a dilemma? I can’t do every film I see, so which film gets a post?

The Street with No Name (1948) Robert Danker Robert Patten police line up suspect

Both films are high quality, very entertaining and Bamboo had Robert Ryan!, so it was very tough to choose but the first film won by a narrow margin. Main reason being the fun fast paced interesting way it delivered it’s story. In a semi-documentary style with full on FBI skills being shown throughout. Haha this was like a big budget commercial for J Edgar Hoover’s FBI gang to show the public and the criminal world what they were doing and how they are gonna get you if you are naughty.

The Street with No Name (1948) fbi j edgar hoover labs scientistsThe Street with No Name (1948) fbi ballistics machine richard widmark

Tagline – A New Era Of Violence In The Making… A New Kind Of Gangster On The Loose!

Opening with a typing letter signed by J Edgar himself, we are informed that “gangsterism” is on the rise and rife throughout the city. New gangs are forming from the once rough and tumble juvenile delinquents into full fledged killers on the take. In almost television news reporter fashion we get to see a bunch of horrific gangland jobs taking place resulting in unnecessary deaths.

The Street with No Name (1948) Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) richard widmark dark room smoking

Lucky the FBI has a school for it’s champion squad, a training academy at Quantico, Virginia. This is where we get to meet our hero, the honest, smiling, loveable agent Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens). We get to see him go through self defence training before he takes on some tactical shooting where our Gene gets to show off his “shoot or don’t shoot” skills.

The Street with No Name (1948) fbi agent Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) shoot out trainingThe Street with No Name (1948) fbi agent Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) in skid row noir

Gene is called upon to infiltrate a known gang situated in a boxing club lead by chief bad guy Alec Stiles (Richard Widmark) and his right hand knife man Shivvy (Donald Buka). Gene needs to get close to the gang and show some of his useful skills to entice them to bring him into their gang. Going under the name George Manly he picks a fight in the ring against one of Stiles prizefighters to grab his attention.

The Street with No Name (1948) fbi agent Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) smiling boxingThe Street with No Name (1948) Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) richard widmark stiles boxing ring

On Gene’s team is Inspector George A. Briggs (Lloyd Nolan) running things from HQ and loyal Cy Gordon (John McIntire) who’s close by keeping an eye on his back whilst relaying messages. But with all perfect plans something is bound to go wrong.

The Street with No Name (1948) Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) Cy Gordon (John McIntire) diner

Can these brave men bring evidence to place Alec Stiles as the murdering gangster he is or are they all going to get brought down one by one in this tense and tight noir drama? It’s a very exciting film, which all the characters shine in. Well worth tracking down if you fancy it.

The Street with No Name (1948) Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) richard widmark stiles ganstersn smoke telephone

A few wolfie observations.

  • As I said at the top of the page, one film leads to another. Well straight after watching this I read that there is in fact a film before this one called The House on 92nd Street (1945) and features Lloyd Nolan back in his Inspector Briggs role. This time we get a double agent for the FBI taking on a Nazi spy ring! That has to be ace, I can’t wait to see it.
  • The FBI footage of all their technology is first-rate and much fun to see. You get the lastest ballistic and chemical analytical machines whirling and buzzing about showing off their skills. Rooms full of experts fiddling with buttons and dials alongside radio operators demonstrating the communication skills.
  • Richard Widmark lights up the screen as soon as his character Stiles appears. He had that perfect shifty looking slimy sly bad guy look to him. Wearing his anger right on the cuff, ready to explode.
  • Best of all is the boxing fight with the always smiling Gene as he throws punches at his opponent and even keeps his big grin as he takes a few fists straight in the kisser.
  • Both films are on Youtube at the time of writing if you did fancy watching or re-visiting. House on 92nd Street & Street with No Name

The Street with No Name (1948) richard widmark stiles head gangster table

Keep discovering new films and having fun, thanks for popping on by. Cheerio

16 thoughts on “The Street With No Name (1948) FBI, Gangsters, Infiltration and Informants

  1. Never heard of this one. It sounds great. Thanks for introducing me to this. I think Mark Stevens was a very underrated actor, love him in The Dark Corner with Lucille Ball. Enjoy House On 92nd Street it is a brilliant film.

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      • Enjoy. The Dark Corner is on YouTube. Mark plays a private detective and Lucille is his secretary. Will be sure to look at The Street With No Name.

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          • Yes he is. Bendix was one of the very best. Have you seen The Blue Dahlia? He gives one of his best performances in that.

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            • That has been one of my favorites last year and where I first noted Bendix. Hehe yes he was really great in that with his constant hearing of the drums in his shell shocked ears. Couldn’t help but feel for the poor guy.

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              • Thanks for the recommend on The Dark Corner Maddy. I watched this a few days ago, really enjoyed it.
                The dialogue was incredible, the play on words, quotes and quips just kept coming. More so than I’ve heard before. I wish I could remember them all to use in real life. “I’m as clean as a peeled egg” “So it doesn’t add up? who do you want me to call? the quiz kids!” “I can be framed easier than “Whistler’s Mother”
                “I’m hanging on to you, nylons and all” (maybe I won’t use this one! hehe)
                William Bendix and Clifton Webb were both ace and Lucille was sweet and strong looking after her man.
                Very enjoyable thanks again

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  2. FBI, Gangsters, infiltrations and Informants are where it’s at in my book of storytelling. I read there is even a radio adaptation of The Hojse on 92nd Street with Humphrey Bogart so I may do a little detective work to uncover its source if I can bjt there is always teo great movies of choice to look foward to soon. A wonderful informant post Mikey Wolf.

    Sincerely Sonea

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