A. I. Bezzerides
Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
October 10, 1949 (1949-10-10) (United States)
the novel Thieves Market by A. I. Bezzerides
A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), A.I. Bezzerides (novel)
September 20, 1949 (Los Angeles)
Alfred Newman, Cyril J. Mockridge
Richard Conte(Nick Garcos),
Lee J. Cobb(Mike Figlia),
Barbara Lawrence(Polly Faber),
Millard Mitchell(Ed Kinney)
The Asphalt Jungle,
Out of the Past,
The Postman Always Rings Twice
You Need a Friend, Strong Man, - And I'm Friendly!
Thieves highway 1949 buying apples
Thieves' Highway is a 1949 film noir directed by Jules Dassin. The screenplay was written by A. I. Bezzerides, based on his novel Thieves' Market.
- Thieves highway 1949 buying apples
- Thieves highway 1949 theatrical trailer
Thieves highway 1949 theatrical trailer
A war-veteran-turned-truck driver Nico "Nick" Garcos (Richard Conte) arrives at home to find that his foreign-born father, a fruit farmer, has lost his legs and was forced to sell his truck. He learns that his father was crippled at the hands of an unscrupulous produce dealer in San Francisco, Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Garcos vows revenge.
Garcos goes into business with Ed Kinney, who bought the Garcos truck, and drives a truckload of apples to San Francisco, where he runs into Figlia. With the help of other drivers and a streetwalker (Valentina Cortese), he defeats Figlia and restores his family honor.
Dana Andrews and Victor Mature were originally announced for the lead.
The film was shot on location in San Francisco, California, and is noted for its accurate depiction of the vibrant fruit and produce market in that city (and the use of extras who worked at the market). The film was released on DVD as part of the Criterion Collection in 2005.
The outdoor Fruit Market scenes were shot in the Oakland Produce Market area on 3rd street. Several indoor and street shots were also made in that locale. The story discusses San Francisco, and does feature the city, but the majority of scenes were in the actual Produce Market in Oakland (now the Warehouse district).
ReferencesThieves' Highway Wikipedia
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