Naked Street, The (1955): B-Crime Film Noir, starring Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn, Anne Bancroft

Maxwell Shane directed The Naked Street, a low budget, B-level crime film noir, starring Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft.

Grade: C+ (** out of *****)

The Naked Street
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Theatrical release poster

Phil Regal, a tough racketeer, pulls strings to get his pregnant sister Rosalie’s punk boyfriend, Nicky, out of a death penalty sentence, so that they can get married.

However, after Rosalie loses the baby because of a medical complication, Nicky who’s been cheating on her, ditches her. Phil doesn’t take his act kindly and he decides to make Nicky’s life a living hell, and arranges for him to be framed for murder.

The movie was a step down in the career of Anthony Quinn, who looks handsome but gives an indifferent performance as the notorious, well-connected mobster Phil. By that time, he had already won the Best Supporting Oscar for his role in Kazan’s 1952 Viva Zapata, in which he played Brando’s father,

This was one dozen films, most of which forgettable, that Anne Bancroft made before her breakthrough role in the 1958 stage production of The Miracle Worker, for which she won the Best Actress Oscar when it was made into a successful Hollywood picture in 1962.

Farley Granger later said that the movie was “preachy, trite, and pedestrian,” although he enjoyed working with Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft.

Farley Granger as Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Bradna
Anthony Quinn as Phil Regal
Anne Bancroft as Rosalie Regalzyk
Peter Graves as Joe McFarland
Else Neft as Mrs. Regalzyk
Sara Berner as Millie Swadke
Jerry Paris as Latzi Franks
Mario Siletti as Antonio Cardini
James Flavin as Attorney Michael X. Flanders
Whit Bissell as Dist. Atty. Blaker
Joe Turkel as Shimmy
Joyce Terry as Margie
Harry Tyler as I. Barricks
Jerry Hausner as Louie
Lee van Cleef as Harry Goldisch (uncredited)
Jeanne Cooper as Evelyn (uncredited)


Directed by Maxwell Shane
Screenplay by Maxwell Shane, Leo Katcher, based on story by Katcher
Produced by Edward Small

Cinematography Floyd Crosby
Edited by Grant Whytock
Music by Ernest Gold, Emil Newman

Production company: Edward Small Productions

Distributed by United Artists

Release date: September 30, 1955 (New York City)

Running time: 84 minutes