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Re: The Woolrich Files (birthday tribute, part 2)
I waited a long time to see "Street of Chance" and was disappointed. I agree that it was produced before the noir genre had been firmly established. It contained some material that too unbelievable -- even by Woolrich standards. The protagonist recovers his memory after months of amnesia and his employer lets him return to work with no questions asked? The script of "Street of Chance" added a set of villains that did not really seem to fit at all.
Burgess Meredith played a confused individual who muddles along whereas Richard Basehart was much more angry and intense as he tried to recover his memory and find out what had happened to him and why he was accused of a crime. "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" adaptation of "The Black Curtain" is more than satisfactory.