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Pickup on South Street (1953) was a Film Noir - Thriller/Suspense Film directed by Samuel Fuller and produced by Jules Schermer.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActressThelma RitterNominated

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Pickup on South Street (1953)

By Carol Martinheira on Oct 22, 2016 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Pickup on South Street (1953) On October 22, 2016 By CarolIn Uncategorized The journey that is Pickup on South Street (1953)?starts on a crowded New York subway. A skilled pickpocket, awesomely named Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) steals a wallet from the purse belonging... Read full article

Pickup on South Street (1953)

By Beatrice on Oct 5, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Pickup on South Street Directed by Samuel Fuller Screenplay by Samuel Fuller; story by Dwight Taylor 1953/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #265 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Sam Fuller really hits his stride in this major studio production. Ski... Read full article

Pickup on South Street (1953)

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Pickup on South Street (1953)

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Classic Films in Focus: PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953)

By Jennifer Garlen on Aug 11, 2013 From Virtual Virago

A favorite with film noir enthusiasts, Samuel Fuller’s Pickup on South Street (1953) features an odd combination of petty crime, espionage, and rough romance, with Richard Widmark and Jean Peters as two small-time losers who get caught up in a very big problem. The story and its characters are... Read full article

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Moe Williams: Listen, Mister. When I come in here tonight, you seen an old clock runnin' down. I'm tired. I'm through. Happens to everybody sometime. It'll happen to you too, someday. With me it's a little bit of everything. Backaches and headaches. I can't sleep nights. It's so hard to get up in the morning, and get dressed and walk the streets. Climb the stairs. I go right on doin' it! Well, what am I gonna do, knock it? I have to go on makin' a livin'... so I can die. But even a fancy funeral ain't worth waitin' fer if I gotta do bus'ness with crumbs like you.

Skip McCoy: You boys are talking to the wrong corner. I'm just a guy keeping my hands in my own pockets.
FBI Agent Zara: If you refuse to cooperate you'll be as guilty as the traitors who gave Stalin the A-bomb.
Skip McCoy: Are you waving the flag at *me*?

Candy: You've been recommended as the best pickpocket stoolie in the business.
Moe Williams: What kind of talk is that, calling me a stoolie? I was brought up to report any injustice to the police authority. I call that being a solid citizen.
Candy: But you get paid for it.
Moe Williams: You gonna knock it?

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Facts about

The German title for the movie is "Polizei greift ein" ("Police takes over"). The film is clearly about espionage, but in the German version the title was changed and even the dialog referring to the spying was completely replaced by dialog about drug dealing.
Betty Grable, not wanting to take on a downcast role, decline to play Candy. Twentieth Century-Fox then put Miss Grable on suspension.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onApril 5, 1954 with Thelma Ritter reprising her film role.
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