Day 29: A Movie that Changed Your Opinion on Something

No Way Out (1950) taught me that race issues could be central in noir. Gilda (1946) taught me that noir could feature effective, relevant musical numbers. And Gloria Grahame changed my opinion on Barbara Stanwyck as the grand dame of femmes fatales. But Pickup on South Street (1953) taught me another lesson: noir can have a happy ending without feeling forced (I’m looking at you, Gilda). So here’s to the rare and delightful ending of Samuel Fuller’s Pickup on South Street, as the lovely Jean Peters, as Candy, speaks up for her loving petty thief of a man in Richard Widmark’s Skip McCoy before they walk off into the city sunset!

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