Pickup on South Street

Synopsis: On a crowded subway, Skip McCoy picks the purse of Candy. Among his take, although he does not know it at the time, is a piece of top-secret microfilm that was being passed by Candy's consort, a Communist agent. Candy discovers the whereabouts of the film through Moe Williams, a police informer. She attempts to seduce McCoy to recover the film. She fails to get back the film and falls in love with him. The desperate agent exterminates Moe and savagely beats Candy. McCoy, now goaded into action, confronts the agent in a particularly brutal fight in a subway.
Director(s): Samuel Fuller
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

If you lost that kitty,

it's potter's field.

This I do not think

is a very funny joke, Captain Tiger.

I just meant you ought to be careful

how you carry your bankroll.

Look, Tiger, if-

if I was to be buried in potter's field...

it'd just about kill me.

L- I got a hole picked out on Long Island.

It's private.

You gotta be screened

before they'll let them put you in there.

That's how exclusive it is.

- What's the score?

- Don't know yet.

We're looking for a cannon who

binged a girl on the subway for a wallet.

Well, ain't he pigeonholed

with the moll-buzzers?

No. And we haven't got time

to go through all those files.

I thought maybe

you knew of some first-rate grifters...

who've been working the subway

for the last 24 hours.

I happen to know a couple of live cannons

that's been playing the subway the last week.

Business has been droppin'.

- You the victim's old man?

- No, he's the big thumb.

A stripe job would give you

more personality, mister.

- Did you get a good look at the grifter?

- Yes.

- Uh, medium height -

- Ah, medium.

Short, tall, light, dark, fat, skinny.

Thousands of cannons look like that.

It's the technique.

Every one of them's got his own trademark.

Ah, look what that does for him, Tiger.

- It's yours for a buck.

- All right.

Uh, tell me, mister,

when'd this happen?

A couple of hours ago.

Was he standing to the left of her,

the right of her or behind her?

Behind her.

Then he moved around and faced her.

- Carrying a newspaper?

- Yes.

- Rolled up or folded?

- Folded, I think.

What do you mean, you think?

What kind of a big thumb

have we got here, Tiger?

Listen, mister, you gotta be sure.

I tell ya, all these cannons

have their own way of doing things.

All right, all right.

It was folded.

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Samuel Fuller

Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997) was an American screenwriter, novelist, and film director known for low-budget, understated genre movies with controversial themes, often made outside the conventional studio system. Fuller wrote his first screenplay for Hats Off in 1936, and made his directorial debut with the Western I Shot Jesse James (1949). He would continue to direct several other Westerns and war thrillers throughout the 1950s. Fuller shifted from Westerns and war thrillers in the 1960s with his low-budget thriller Shock Corridor in 1963, followed by the neo-noir The Naked Kiss (1964). He was inactive in filmmaking for most of the 1970s, before writing and directing the war epic The Big Red One (1980), and the experimental White Dog (1982), whose screenplay he co-wrote with Curtis Hanson. more…

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