Walk the Dark Street
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: May 28, 2013
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Don Ross, Regina Gleason, Vonne Godfrey & Eddie Kafafian|
|Directed by||Wyott Ordung|
|Screenwriting by||Wyott Ordung|
|Composition by||Paul Dunlap|
|Director of Photography:||Brydon Baker|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Chuck Connors played professional basketball and baseball before turning to acting and legendary fame as TV's Rifleman. In this forgotten film-noir he gives a rare performance as the demented psychopath. Clearly influenced by The Most Dangerous Game, director Wyott Ordung wrote the screenplay for Walk the Dark Street, but is probably best remembered as the writer of the B Sci-fi classic, Robot Monster (1953). He directed one other film, Monster From The Ocean Floor (1954), in which he also appeared.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 3 ratings.
Okay, first things first... as a movie, WTDS is barely competent. But imagine: Written, produced and directed (and with a cameo appearance by) the guy who wrote ROBOT MONSTER, FIRST MAN INTO SPACE, MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR and others. Wyott Ordung's oeuvre is a mini-genre unto itself, and WTDS may be the purest expression of Ordung-style cinema. Add to this the fact that the print is very washed out, the transfer is rife with digital artifacts and the sound is muddy. .. noir simply doesn't get any grittier than this. It's like a fever dream of madness, revenge and casual dumbness. Unique. Challenging. Pretty annoying a lot of the time.But we get to see Chuck Connors do a couple of very athletic stunts which do NOT appear to have been staged, i.e. he actually runs across a busy Los Angeles street and jumps up and into the driver's seat of a sports car. In conclusion: No one films people dialing phones the way Ordung does. Recommended.
Whether you’ve seen THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME or not you’ve probably seen some variation of the story somewhere. Maybe it was a different movie or a TV show or a book, but odds are you’ve seen it. You know the story I’m talking about. A big game hunter who has hunted everything you can possibly think of and now he’s bored. He wants something new to hunt, something that is more of a challenge. He wants to hunt man.
1956’s WALK THE DARK STREET is a very interesting and fun variation on this story that I had not seen before. Written and directed by Wyott Ordung this lean film-noir has Chuck Connors playing the role of Frank Garrick, our hunter. The difference here is that Frank doesn’t just want to hunt man, he wants to hunt one man in particular. That man is Dan Lawton (Don Ross), who Frank feels is responsible for the death of his younger brother, Tommy (Eddie Kafafian).
Tommy and Dan served in the war together. Dan was the platoon leader and Tommy was none too happy about that. To show his displeasure, he often times didn’t listen to Dan which eventually resulted in his death in battle.
After the war Dan decides to track down Frank to tell him about his brother’s passing. Frank invites Dan into his home for a drink and the two begin chatting it up, eventually moving their conversation to that of hunting. This is when Frank presents his idea to hunt man.
Naturally Dan is in shock, but once Frank explains that he’s invented a camera gun and the purpose of this hunt wouldn’t be to kill man, but just to take a picture to prove he can hunt man, Dan begins to come around. Frank offers Dan a bet – they each hunt one another for two days in the streets of LA. If Dan wins, Frank will give him $10,000. Dan happily accepts, not knowing that Frank holds him responsible for the death of his brother.
Our hunt begins.
This whole opening is about the first twenty minutes or so of the movie. The remember 50 is a cat-and-mouse game as Dan and Frank both patrol the streets of LA searching for one another. One man has murder and revenge on his mind, while the other just sees an easy chance at some quick money and the opportunity to get out of debt.
Because the movie is only around 70 minutes and we in the audience know Frank’s motive, the entire hunt is quite tense. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time as Frank and Dan narrowly avoided one another.
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