Pickup on South Street
DIRECTOR: SAMUEL FULLER
CAST: RICHARD WIDMARK, JEAN PETERS, THELMA RITTER
“Are you wavin’ the flag at me?” Hard-case pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) can’t believe his ears when the feds try to recruit his help after he accidentally lifts Top Secret military microfilm from a Commie spy’s mistress, one of the few dozen highlights of this brutal thriller that hits like a facefirst trip down the subway stairs. With Jean Peters as Skip’s femme opposite number, rudely greeted after she sashays into his wharf bachelor pad, and Thelma Ritter, Oscar-nominated as a penny ante tie-seller and stool pigeon who draws the line at finking to Reds.