GenreAction, Crime, Drama Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 2, 1953 (1953-10-02) (United States) WriterRobert Smith (screenplay), George Zuckerman (story) ScreenplayJohn Payne, Phil Karlson, George Zuckerman, Robert Smith CastJohn Payne (Ernie Driscoll), Evelyn Keyes (Linda James), Brad Dexter (Victor Rawlins), Frank Faylen (Stan Hogan), Peggie Castle (Pauline Driscoll), Jay Adler (Christopher) Similar moviesNight on Earth, Blackhat, Taxi Tehran, Unknown, Collateral, The Night of the Hunter
TaglineRips into you like a double-crossing Dame!
99 River Street is a 1953 film noir starring John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, and Peggie Castle. The film was directed by Phil Karlson, produced by Edward Small, with cinematography by Franz Planer.
Ernie Driscoll is a former boxer who had to give up prize fighting after sustaining an injury in the ring and is now a New York taxi driver.
His wife, Pauline, unhappy living a poor life, is having an affair with a richer man who happens to be a criminal. The thief, after being unable to sell some stolen diamonds, kills Pauline and then attempts to frame her husband for the crime.
John Payne as Ernie Driscoll
Evelyn Keyes as Linda James
Brad Dexter as Victor Rawlins
Frank Faylen as Stan Hogan
Peggie Castle as Pauline Driscoll
Jay Adler as Christopher
Jack Lambert as Mickey
The film was originally known as Crosstown.
The New York Times film critic gave the film a negative review, writing, "...is one of those tasteless melodramas peopled with unpleasant hoods, two-timing blondes and lots of sequences of what purports to be everyday life in the underworld. In this stale rehash, John Payne is a cabbie seething with dreams of what he might have been in the boxing world ... To say that this film is offensive would be kind; to point out that it induces an irritated boredom would be accurate. The defendants in this artistic felony are Robert Smith, the scenarist, and Phil Karlson, the director. It is interesting to ponder how Mr. Karlson managed to slip some objectionable scenes past the production code. Maybe it was just artistic license."