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Main Street After Dark (1945)

Approved | | Drama | 12 January 1945 (USA)
An unscrupulous woman and her brood prey on soldiers and sailors in an embarkation city.

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Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

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John C. Higgins (screenplay), John C. Higgins (story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Edward Arnold ... Lt. Lorrgan
Selena Royle ... 'Ma' Abby Dibson
Tom Trout Tom Trout ... Lefty Dibson
Audrey Totter ... Jessie Belle Dibson
Dan Duryea ... Posey Dibson
Hume Cronyn ... Keller
Dorothy Morris ... Rosalie Dibson (as Dorothy Ruth Morris)
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Ma Dibson, her son, daughter and daughter-in-law happily greet son Lefty as he is released from prison. The family makes its living by stealing from (mostly) servicemen who the two younger women meet in bars. Ma insists that Lefty lay low since a local policeman is watching him closely. But old habits die hard and the entire family runs afoul of the law after a local bar owner is shot during an attempted robbery. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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English

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Decent Drama
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Main Street After Dark (1945)

** (out of 4)

Edward L. Cahn directed this drama about a family a pickpockets who prey on sailors at a local bar. Cahn directed several of the "Crime Does Not Pay" entries for MGM and I'm going to guess this 57-minute film was meant to be an extended version of that. Sadly there isn't too much going in this film and comes off rather dull in the end. The storyline never really takes off even though there's an impressive cast including Edward Arnold, Selena Royle, Audrey Totter and Hume Cronyn.

This one shows up on Turner Classic Movies ever couple of years.


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