Release dateNovember 12, 1950 (1950-11-12) (United States) WriterMilton Raison (story), Bert C. Brown (story), Leo Townsend (screenplay), Boris Ingster (screenplay) ScreenplayBoris Ingster, Milton M. Raison, Leo Townsend, Bert C. Brown CastDon DeFore (John Riggs / Nick Starnes), Andrea King (Nora Craig), George Tobias (Reggie), Barry Kelley (Bill Evans), Morris Ankrum (Eugene Deane), Robert Osterloh (Albert) Similar moviesSalt, White House Down, Olympus Has Fallen, In the Line of Fire, Murder at 1600, Absolute Power
A Treasury agent cracks down on a counterfeiting operation behind prison walls.
Southside 1-1000 is a 1950 semidocumentary-style film noir directed by Boris Ingster and featuring Don DeFore, Andrea King, George Tobias and Gerald Mohr as the off-screen narrator.
The U.S. Secret Service goes after a counterfeiting ring by placing one of it's agents in a criminal mob.
Based on a true story, the US secret service goes after a gang of counterfeiters, whose engraver (Morris Ankrum) has secretly constructed his plates while in prison. A federal agent (Don DeFore) poses as the counterfeiters contact man in order to purchase enough bills to incriminate the gang.
Don DeFore as John Riggs/Nick Starnes
Andrea King as Nora Craig
George Tobias as Reggie
Barry Kelley as Bill Evans
Morris Ankrum as Eugene Deane
Robert Osterloh as Albert
Charles Cane as Harris
Kippee Valez as Singer
Joe Turkel as Frankie
John Harmon as Nimble Willie
G. Pat Collins as Hugh B. Pringle - Treasury Agent
Douglas Spencer as Prison Chaplain
Joan Miller as Mrs. Clara Evans
William Forrest as Prison Warden
The final fight-to-the-death scene was filmed aboard Los Angeles "Angels Flight", a cable-car service hanging 40 feet above the ground.
Film critic Craig Butler of Allmovie wrote, "Southside 1-1000 is a good pseudo-noir film told in pseudodocumentary fashion, but it also must register as a bit of a disappointment. Its functional and all the parts fit together smoothly, making it run like a fairly well-oiled machine but it lacks real spark. Given director Boris Ingsters impressive work on the seminal Stranger on the Third Floor, one expects something a bit more unusual or off the beaten path or at least distinctive. Instead, Southside looks like it could have been the work of any competent director." The New York Times wrote, "In the cinemas library of routine gangster fiction, Southside 1-1000 merits a comfortable middle-class rating being neither especially exciting nor particularly dull." Michael Barrett of PopMatters rated it 4/10 stars and called it "an unnecessary and forgettable entry in the genre".