Southside 1-1000

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Southside 1-1000
Southside 1-1000 movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Boris Ingster
Produced by Frank King
Maurice King
Screenplay by Boris Ingster
Leo Townsend
Story by Bert C. Brown
Milton M. Raison
Starring Don DeFore
Andrea King
George Tobias
Narrated by Gerald Mohr
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Russell Harlan
Edited by Christian Nyby
King Bros. Productions
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures
Release dates
  • November 12, 1950 (1950-11-12) (United States)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Southside 1-1000 is a 1950 semidocumentary-style film noir directed by Boris Ingster and featuring Don DeFore, Andrea King, George Tobias and Gerald Mohr as the off-screen narrator.[1]


Based on a true story, the US secret service goes after a gang of counterfeiters, whose engraver (Morris Ankrum) has secretly constructed his plates while in prison. A federal agent (Don DeFore) poses as the counterfeiters' contact man in order to purchase enough bills to incriminate the gang.



Filming locations[edit]

The final fight-to-the-death scene was filmed aboard Los Angeles' "Angels Flight", a cable-car service hanging 40 feet above the ground.[2]


Critical response[edit]

Film critic Craig Butler was disappointed in the film. He wrote, "Southside 1-1000 is a good pseudo-noir film told in pseudodocumentary fashion, but it also must register as a bit of a disappointment. It's functional and all the parts fit together smoothly, making it run like a fairly well-oiled machine -- but it lacks real spark. Given director Boris Ingster's impressive work on the seminal Stranger on the Third Floor, one expects something a bit more unusual or off the beaten path -- or at least distinctive. Instead, Southside looks like it could have been the work of any competent director."[3]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz discussed the propaganda aspects of the film and Inger's direction in his film review. He wrote, "This B&W pseudo-documentary-styled noir film comes with a patriotic message supporting the U.S. war effort in Korea and offering a scathing commentary on counterfeiters. It compares them to saboteurs. The film states the most powerful weapon in America's arsenal against communism -- is money. Southside acts like it's a public relation movie for the Treasury Department. Southside is directed and written by Boris Ingster, who directed the first reputedly made American noir film, Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). In this film Ingster never brings about any tension or real shock, as he did in his first noir work ... The movie reminds me of the 1950s TV series Dragnet."[4]


  1. ^ Southside 1-1000 at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, December 6, 1999. Accessed: August 19, 2013.
  3. ^ Butler, Craig. Allmovie by Rovi, film/DVD review, no date. Accessed: August 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, ibid. Accessed: August 19, 2013.

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