Down Three Dark Streets

Down Three Dark Streets
Directed by Arnold Laven
Produced by Arthur Gardner
Jules V. Levy
Edward Small (executive)
Written by Gordon Gordon
Mildred Gordon
Based on novel Case File FBI
Starring Broderick Crawford
Ruth Roman
Martha Hyer
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by Grant Whytock
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • September 2, 1954 (1954-09-02)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Down Three Dark Streets is a 1954 documentary-style film, starring Broderick Crawford and directed by Arnold Laven. The screenplay was written by Gordon and Mildred Gordon, based on their novel Case File FBI.[1]


FBI agent John Ripley investigates the three cases his murdered partner Zack Stewart was working on, thinking there could be a connection.

One involves wanted fugitive Joe Walpo, who has killed a gas-station attendant. Another concerns a department store fashion buyer, Kate Martell, who is being extorted by a man threatening to kill her daughter.

Ripley and his new partner trail Connie Anderson, a girlfriend of Walpo's, to his hideout, where Ripley shoots him. Then they follow Kate to the "Hollywood" sign in the hills above Los Angeles, where she has been told to bring the money. There the extortionist is revealed to be a man named Milson who had shown a romantic interest in Kate, leading to a confrontation with Ripley.

Main cast


J. Edgar Hoover objected to early drafts of the script.[2]


  1. Palace Offers a Melodrama About F. B. I. O. A. G.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Sep 1954: 6.
  2. Three Dark Streets article at Turner Classic Movies accessed 1 June 2013

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