Street of Chance (1942 film)

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For the 1930 film, see Street of Chance (1930 film).
Street of Chance
Street of Chance movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Hively
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Screenplay by Garrett Fort
Based on the novel The Black Curtain
by Cornell Woolrich
Starring Burgess Meredith
Claire Trevor
Louise Platt
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Theodor Sparkuhl
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • October 3, 1942 (1942-10-03) (United States)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Street of Chance is a 1942 film noir starring Burgess Meredith as a man who finds he's been suffering from amnesia and Claire Trevor as a woman who protects him from the police, who suspect him of murder.

The story was based on Cornell Woolrich's novel The Black Curtain. It was later dramatized three times on the CBS Radio series Suspense.


Frank Thompson (Burgess Meredith), awakens in the middle of the street, after wreckage falling from a building in New York City hits him in the head. Frank soon discovers that his apartment has been rented out for a year and his wife Virginia has been living on her own elsewhere.

Frank confronts Virginia (Louise Platt), who is shocked to see the husband who disappeared without explanation a year earlier. As Frank slowly pieces together his old life, it turns out he is running from a murder he cannot remember committing, and only an old, paralyzed woman can clear him.



Film critic Dennis Schwartz liked the film and wrote, "Jack Hively efficiently directs an early film noir that establishes a number of conventions that helped define noir ... Though the murderer was too obvious by the halfway point, the film still had many disturbing moments that kept me interested."[1]


  1. ^ Schwartz, Dennids, film review, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, December 15, 2003. Accessed: July 6, 2013.

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