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Posted by on Dec 10, 2010 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #146

Kick-Back Friday: #146

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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.

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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.