Southside 1-1000

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Southside 1-1000
Southside 1-1000 movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBoris Ingster
Produced by
  • Frank King
  • Maurice King
Screenplay byBoris Ingster
Leo Townsend
Story by
  • Bert C. Brown
  • Milton M. Raison
Narrated byGerald Mohr
Music byPaul Sawtell
CinematographyRussell Harlan
Edited byChristian Nyby
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures
Release date
  • November 12, 1950 (1950-11-12) (United States)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States

Southside 1-1000 is a 1950 semidocumentary-style film noir directed by Boris Ingster 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 searches for 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.



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]

It was the last in a series of movies King Brothers made for Allied Artists.[3]


A November 1950 review in The New York Times commented: "In the cinema's library of routine gangster fiction, Southside 1-1000 merits a comfortable middle-class rating being neither especially exciting nor particularly dull".[4]

Film critic Craig Butler of Allmovie 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".[5] Michael Barrett of PopMatters rated it 4/10 stars and called it "an unnecessary and forgettable entry in the genre".[2]


  1. ^ Southside 1-1000 at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ a b Barrett, Michael (October 12, 2012). "'Southside 1-1000' (1950)". PopMatters. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Tim Holt Leatherneck; Directors Pick Huston; King Bros. Celebrating Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 05 Sep 1950: A11.
  4. ^ "T-Men on Screen at the Palace". The New York Times. November 3, 1950. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Butler, Craig. Allmovie by Rovi, film/DVD review, no date. Accessed: August 19, 2013.

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