Street of Chance (1942 film)
|Street of Chance|
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
|Music by||David Buttolph|
|Edited by||Arthur P. Schmidt|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
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.
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.
- Burgess Meredith as Frank Thompson aka Danny Nearing
- Claire Trevor as Ruth Dillon
- Louise Platt as Virginia Thompson
- Sheldon Leonard as Detective Joe Marruci
- Frieda Inescort as Alma Diedrich
- Jerome Cowan as Bill Diedrich
- Adeline De Walt Reynolds as Grandma Diedrich
- Arthur Loft as Sheriff Lew Stebbins
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."
- Schwartz, Dennids, film review, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, December 15, 2003. Accessed: July 6, 2013.
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