Pickup on South Street Overview:

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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressThelma RitterNominated
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Richard Widmark, Jean Peters and Thelma Ritter in "Pickup on South Street"

By Stephen Reginald on May 10, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

Richard Widmark, Jean Peters and Thelma Ritter in "Pickup on South Street" Pickup on South Street (1953) is a film noir set against Cold War intrigue, directed by Samuel Fuller and starring Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, and Thelma Ritter. The supporting cast included Richard Kiley and Milburn S... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

Skip McCoy: [after first kiss with Candy] Sometimes you look for oil, you hit a gusher.


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*?


Skip McCoy: I know you pinched me three times and got me convicted three times and made me a three time loser. And I know you took an oath to put me away for life. Well you're trying awful hard with all this patriotic eye-wash, but get this: I didn't grift that film and you can't prove I did! And if I said I did, you'd slap that fourth rap across my teeth no matter what promises you made!


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Facts about

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onApril 5, 1954 with Thelma Ritter reprising her film role.
Remade as The Cape Town Affair with James Brolin, Jacqueline Bisset and Claire Trevor.
The French title for the movie is "Le Port de la Drogue" ("The Drugs Port"). The film is clearly about espionage, but in the French version the title was changed to refer to drugs, and even the dialogue referring to the spying was completely replaced by dialogue about drug dealing.
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