The Wrong Man (1956)

"The Wrong Man" is a docudrama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Harold J. Stone. The film is based on the true story of a Queens resident, Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero, a professional musician who was wrongfully charged with a series of local robberies. Shot in and around New York City, … Continue reading The Wrong Man (1956)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

Based on The Destroyer pulp paperback series, this film follows the creation and training of Remo Williams, a New York City cop who is unwillingly recruited as an assassin for a super-secret government agency, known as CURE. Although it fared poorly in the box office, and received mixed reviews upon its released, "Remo Williams" has become somewhat of a cult classic … Continue reading Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

Serpico (1973)

Adapted from Peter Maas's book, Sidney Lumet's drama portrays the real-life struggle of an honest city cop against a corrupt system. Starring Al Pacino as the titular character, and filmed on location in every borough of New York (except Staten Island), "Serpico" effectively captures the life of a lone cop in New York City during the 1960's and 70's. … Continue reading Serpico (1973)

Side Street (1950)

A New York City mailman is chased by both cops and crooks when he steals a shipment of dirty money. This film-noir directed by Anthony Mann re-teams Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell (who previously starred together in 1948's "They Live by Night") for a gritty urban crime story. And to add a sense of realism, almost all … Continue reading Side Street (1950)

The Rag Man (1925)

In this silent film, a runaway orphan forms a partnership with a junk dealer on the Lower East Side and helps him make his fortune, while also curing him of his loneliness. The film stars an 11-year-old Jackie Coogan, who shares the screen with the underrated Jewish comic actor Max Davidson and a horse named 'Dynamite.' It … Continue reading The Rag Man (1925)

The Lost Weekend (1945)

This Academy Award winning film tells the story of a writer as he fights to overcome his addiction to liquor. Directed by Billy Wilder, "The Lost Weekend" stars Ray Milland, Howard da Silva, Doris Dowling, and Jane Wyman, along with a flamboyant appearance by character-actor, Frank Faylen. Although most of the principal photography took place in Hollywood, Wilder insisted on … Continue reading The Lost Weekend (1945)