The Street with No Name

Synopsis: After two gang-related killings in "Center City," a suspect (who was framed) is arrested, released on bail...and murdered. Inspector Briggs of the FBI recruits a young agent, Gene Cordell, to go undercover in the shadowy Skid Row area (alias George Manly) as a potential victim of the same racket. Soon, Gene meets Alec Stiles, neurotic mastermind who's "building an organization along scientific lines." Stiles recruits Cordell, whose job becomes a lot more dangerous...
Director(s): William Keighley
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

November 14, 1:
30 a. m.

The Meadowbrook,

a typical roadhouse and gambling place...

on the outskirts

of Center City.

This is a stickup. Hands on the table, everybody!

Come on, come on.

Snap it up!

Okay, Stokowski, dry up.

Come on. Get up against the wall there.

- All right, keep moving now.

- Over to the wall. Come on. You too, Grandpa.

Don't move.

I tell you, don't move.!

- Helen!

- Sit down!

Helen Jannings.



husband and two children.

The bullet that

killed Helen Jannings...

was sent to the F.B.I. headquarters

in Washington...

examined and catalogued

in the National Ammunition File...

where bullets from unsolved cases

are kept for reference.

It was soon

to have a companion.

Frank Malloy.

bank guard.


wife and three children.

Cause of death:
shot while trying

to prevent a bank robbery.

Two murders within five days

in the same city.

Investigation was already underway

when Ralph Demory...

chairman of the Police Advisory Board,


He conferred

with Chief of Police Bernard Harmatz...

Lieutenant Paul Staller

of the Homicide Squad...

and Richard Atkins of the F.B.I.

The bullet that killed Frank Malloy,

the bank guard...

was forwarded to the F.B.I. laboratory

in Washington.

A routine check of the barrel markings

under a comparison microscope...

revealed it came from a Luger...

the same Luger

that had killed Helen Jannings.

This bank robbery,

a violation of a federal statute...

gave the F.B.I. jurisdiction

to come in on the case.

Mr. Hoover assigned it

to Inspector George A. Briggs...

one of the Bureau's top investigators.

Together with a squad of special agents

trained in handling bank robberies...

Inspector Briggs proceeded to Center City,

where he was met by Richard Atkins...

special agent in charge

of the F.B.I. field office there.

In a police lineup in Center City...

a suspect named Robert Danker,

picked up by the F.B.I....

was identified by several bank clerks

as the killer of Frank Malloy...

and by David Jannings

as the murderer of his wife.

- What time did you leave the Meadowbrook?

- I was never in that clip joint.

- You're certain of that?

- Sure I'm certain.

That's your driver's license, isn't it?

- Yeah.

- That was found in the Meadowbrook...

right after Helen Jannings was murdered.

- You were there, weren't you?

- No.

- Your license was.

- Ask the guy who swiped it how it got there.

- It's a frame.

- Who's framing you?

Stooling ain't in my line.

I'll take care of him myself.

- Oh, come on, Bob. We're just trying to help you.

- Yeah, trying to help.

You're trying

to pin a double murder rap on me.

All right then, your license was stolen,

somebody framed you.

But why shield him? Your best chance to

clear yourself is to prove that you were framed.

- I'll prove it my own way, when I get out.

- That may not be so easy.

I'll take my chances.

They don't look too good

right now, Bob.

You came into this town a month ago,

a vagrant with a police record.

- You admit being here the day the bank was robbed.

- But I didn't heist no bank.

You claim you were never in the Meadowbrook,

and yet your license was found there.

I told you...

Oh, you already got me strapped

in the chair, so what's there to talk about?

Well, let's talk about the license.

If you didn't drop it, who did?

- I told you. I was in Chicago that night.

- Have you any proof of that?

Sure. I cut off my arm and buried it there

for an alibi. All you gotta do is dig it up.

Talk like that isn't gonna

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Harry Kleiner

Harry Kleiner (September 10, 1916 Tiflis, Russia – October 17, 2007 Chicago, Illinois) was a Russian-born American screenwriter and producer best known for his films at 20th Century Fox. more…

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