Dir. Samuel Fuller (1953); 80m
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Samuel Fuller was on the crime beat at seventeen and Pickup on South Street explodes with the authenticity of experience. Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark), a two-bit pickpocket one rap away from life in prison, accidentally swipes government secrets from Candy (Jean Peters) on a crowded subway. What follows is the intricacies of the fallout, from Skip negotiating the price to the cops closing in on him through stoolpigeon Moe (Thelma Ritter), in Fuller’s signature breakneck style. Infusing film noir’s most expressive visual elements with characters plucked off the street, Pickup on South Street stands as the best example of Fuller’s hardboiled voice.