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The House Across the Street (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 10 September 1949 (USA)
Dave Joslin, the managing editor of a big-city newspaper, is demoted and moved to the Miss Lonely Hearts column-writing department by the newspaper's publisher, J. B. Grennell, because ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

Writers:

Russell S. Hughes (screenplay) (as Russell Hughes), Roy Chanslor (story "Hi Nellie!")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wayne Morris ... Dave Joslin
Janis Paige ... Kit Williams
Bruce Bennett ... Matthew J. Keever
Alan Hale ... J.B. Grennell
James Mitchell ... Marty Bremer
Barbara Bates ... Beth Roberts
James Holden James Holden ... Carl Schrader
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Dave Joslin, the managing editor of a big-city newspaper, is demoted and moved to the Miss Lonely Hearts column-writing department by the newspaper's publisher, J. B. Grennell, because Joslin refuses to desist in printing stories linking a gangster, Matthew Keever, to a murder. But Joslin, aided by Kit Williams, a newspaper woman with whom he is in love, investigate the murder case on their own time and, after several narrow escapes from death, finally solve it. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eines Morgens in der Hopkins-Street See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Sanlon, Photo Lab Man: I wanted to go home. Happiness Isn't everything. You can't buy money.
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Connections

Remake of You Can't Escape Forever (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Put 'em in a Box, Tie 'em with a Ribbon (and Throw 'em in the Deep Blue Sea)
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Music by Jule Styne
Played in the bar when Dave is drinking martinis
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For what it was, it was pretty good....
20 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This B-movie was directed by Richard Bare, the guy responsible for all those Joe McDoakes shorts as well as the rural comedies of the 60s, like "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres". The story, though very familiar, is quite well done.

The editor of a local newspaper is in hot water with the owner. It seems that Dave Joslin (Wayne Morris) has been running all sorts of critical stories about a mobster named Keever (Bruce Bennett)...and Keever is threatening to sue. But when Joslin refuses to back off, the owner can't fire him...he has a contract with Joslin. So instead to punish him, he's assigned to run the lonely hearts department. Later, when an odd story about a man who was slipped a mickey lands on his desk, Joslin investigates...and thinks this all might be related to Keever. And, instead of going to the police, Joslin decides to investigate for himself.

During the 1930s and 40s, there were tons of mystery films in which some member of the public investigates and solves a crime. However, this one is handled more smoothly--with some very nice acting, writing and direction. Worth seeing despite being a rather slight movie.


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