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Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #101

Kick-Back Friday: #101


Pickup on South Street (1953): Cops trailing a va-voom courier of government microfilm (Jean Peters) are diverted to a subway pickpocket (Richard Widmark), who unknowingly steals it. The pickpocket then has to contend with prying visits from the courier, the cops, and loathsome pinko sympathizers at his waterfront shack.

Other than asking, “What’s the moral compass of a petty thief?” the movie raises this question: “Where exactly was there a waterfront shack in Manhattan?”

N.B.–The movie also features the incomparable Thelma Ritter as a tie peddler and professional CI. Her pre-demise monologue is something, bitches.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. What really elevates this film to high-art status is the gritty, uncredited cameo by Parley Baer as a sullen, fat, sweaty communist sympathizer. You know Parley as the voice of the Keebler elf, Ernie. Personally, I always thought that whole communal cookie-manufacturing-in-a-tree thing smelled pinko to me.