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|Street of Chance|
|Directed by||Jack Hively|
|Produced by||Sol C. Siegel|
|Screenplay by||Garrett Fort|
|Based on||Cornell Woolrich|
|Music by||David Buttolph|
|Edited by||Arthur P. Schmidt|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Street of Chance is a 1942 film noir directed by Jack Hively and starring Burgess Meredith as a man who finds he's been suffering from amnesia and Claire Trevor as a woman who protects him from the police, who suspect him of murder.
Frank Thompson awakens in the middle of the street after wreckage falling from a building in New York City hits him on the head. Frank soon discovers that his apartment has been rented out for a year and his wife Virginia has been living on her own elsewhere.
Frank confronts Virginia, who is shocked to see the husband who disappeared without explanation a year earlier. As Frank slowly pieces together his old life, it turns out he is known by another name and running from a murder he cannot remember committing. Joe Marucci, a detective, is shadowing his every move.
Looking for answers in the neighborhood where he awoke on the street, Frank meets Ruth Dillon who knows him only as "Danny". Ruth takes Frank/Danny to the mansion of the wealthy Diedrich family, where she has been employed as a servant. Family matriarch Grandma Diedrich was an eyewitness to the murder of son Harry, the one Frank/Danny is suspected of killing, but she is a housebound invalid who also is mute. Through sign language, Frank/Danny learns from her that Ruth is the killer, Harry having caught her stealing. Frank/Danny's life is in danger until Marucci arrives and catches the culprit.
- Burgess Meredith as Frank Thompson
- Claire Trevor as Ruth Dillon
- Louise Platt as Virginia Thompson
- Sheldon Leonard as Joe Marucci
- Frieda Inescort as Alma Diedrich
- Jerome Cowan as Bill Diedrich
- Adeline De Walt Reynolds as Grandma Diedrich
- Arthur Loft as Sheriff Lew Stebbins
- Clancy Cooper as Burke
- Paul Phillips as Schoeder
- Keith Richards as Intern
- Ann Doran as Miss Peabody
- Cliff Clark as Ryan, (Policeman)
- Edwin Maxwell as Stillwell, D.A.
Film critic Dennis Schwartz liked the film and wrote, "Jack Hively efficiently directs an early film noir that establishes a number of conventions that helped define noir ... Though the murderer was too obvious by the halfway point, the film still had many disturbing moments that kept me interested."
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