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Street of Chance (1942) DVD

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Street of Chance (1942)


Jack Hively    


Garrett FortCornell Woolrich (novel)    


Burgess MeredithClaire TrevorLouise Platt
Based on Cornell Woolrich's novel The Black Curtain (later dramatized several times on the radio series Suspense), Street of Chance top-bills Burgess Meredith as an amnesia victim. He awakens in the middle of the street, with nary a clue of who he is or what he's done. Meredith comes to learn that his past year of darkness has been a crowded one--and that he might be a murderer! Louise Platt plays Meredith's wife, but it's total stranger Claire Trevor who seems most interested in probing Meredith's past. Street of Chance is worth spending 74 minutes with, even though the true identity of the killer becomes obvious halfway through.

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  1. Early Noir Curio 4 Star Review

    Posted by on May 16th 2016

    An early noir, Street of Chance is an interesting, although not entirely successful, oddity. It follows Burgess Meredith's everyman who, left amnesiac by a blow to the head in the street, returns home to find his apartment empty and his wife long gone. It turns out that he has in fact been missing for some time, and the movie concerns his search for those missing months. Who are the menacing men following him? Who is the mysterious woman (Claire Trevor, in her first noir appearance) who claims to know him by another name? How does a recent murder play into it?

    The answer to these mysteries is relatively enthralling, although a preponderance of coincidences and some rather obvious twists prevent it from becoming a classic. Still, for fans of the two main stars it is an interesting early tale and worth a watch for the curious.

    The Zeus DVD is a fine transfer; never less than TV-quality throughout and with a good audio balance.

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