Kick-Back Friday: #146
The Street With No Name (1948): When making The Departed (2006), Martin Scorsese appears to have gotten more inspiration from this docudrama-noir hybrid than the acknowledged template of Infernal Affairs (2002) (to which Scorsese’s film really has little resemblance).
In today’s recommendation, an FBI agent (Mark Stevens) infiltrates a murderous inner-city racket, headed up by Alec Stiles (the deliciously snarly Richard Widmark). But Stiles has his own cop-friendly mole, who can possibly finger the undercover agent. A mid-film sequence of hushed pursuit, between Stevens and Widmark, has all the tension of a similar (but much noisier) scene in The Departed, in which Leonardo Dicaprio famously trailed his doppelganger, Matt Damon, through Boston’s nighttime alleys.
It should be noted that The Street With No Name was remade, also in very loose fashion, as House of Bamboo (1955), with Robert Stack and perennial noir thug Robert Ryan.