Pick-up on South Street
In Samuel Fuller’s New York noir, the FBI pressure a pickpocket to help them track down Communist spies.
Dir Samuel Fuller
With Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter
Fuller’s film about a pickpocket (Widmark) pressurised by the FBI to help them hunt down Communist spies is characteristic in its blending of a pacy, punchy generic narrative, an unapologetically forthright approach to political issues, and vividly drawn characters driven by none-too-lofty motives. In short, it’s an ancestor of Fassbinder’s early, more ironic contributions to the crime genre like Gods of the Plague.