Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jules Dassin|
|Produced by||Robert Bassler|
|Screenplay by||A. I. Bezzerides|
|Based on||Thieves' Market
by A. I. Bezzerides
Lee J. Cobb
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Edited by||Nick DeMaggio|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$1.5 million (US rentals)|
A war-veteran-turned-truck driver Nico "Nick" Garcos (Richard Conte) arrives at home to find that his foreign-born father, a fruit farmer, has lost his legs and was forced to sell his truck. He learns that his father was crippled at the hands of an unscrupulous produce dealer in San Francisco, Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Garcos vows revenge.
Garcos goes into business with Ed Kinney, who bought the Garcos truck, and drives a truckload of apples to San Francisco, where he runs into Figlia. With the help of other drivers and a streetwalker (Valentina Cortese), he defeats Figlia and restores his family honor.
- Richard Conte as Nico "Nick" Garcos
- Valentina Cortese as Rica
- Lee J. Cobb as Mike Figlia
- Barbara Lawrence as Polly Faber
- Jack Oakie as Slob
- Millard Mitchell as Ed Kinney
- Joseph Pevney as Pete
- Morris Carnovsky as Yanko Garcos
- Tamara Shayne as Parthena Garcos
- Kasia Orzazewski as Mrs. Polansky
- Norbert Schiller as Mr. Polansky
- Hope Emerson as Midge, a buyer
The film was shot on location in San Francisco, California, and is noted for its accurate depiction of the vibrant fruit and produce market in that city (and the use of extras who worked at the market). The film was released on DVD as part of the Criterion Collection in 2005.
The outdoor Fruit Market scenes were shot in the Oakland Produce Market area on 3rd street. Several indoor and street shots were also made in that locale. The story discusses San Francisco, and does feature the city, but the majority of scenes were in the actual Produce Market in Oakland (now the Warehouse district).
- "Top Grossers of 1949". Variety. 4 January 1950. p. 59.
- Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 223
- "The 100 Best Film Noirs of All Time". Paste. August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
- Thieves' Highway on IMDb.
- METRO ACQUIRES 'BODIES AND SOUL': Studio Buys French Novel for $40,000 -- Hodiak Gets Role in 'Command Decision' By THOMAS F. BRADYSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 01 Apr 1948: 29