Thieves' Highway

Thieves' Highway

Richard Conte
Director: Jules Dassin Cast: Richard Conte
Richard Conte
, Valentina Cortese
Valentina Cortese
, Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb
Jules Dassin

DVD (Black & White)

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Thieves' Highway is set in San Francisco and the surrounding countryside. Richard Conte plays Nick Garcos, an American GI who returns from WWII to find that his father Yanko (Morris Carnovsky), a produce trucker, has lost the use of both legs because of a fight with crooked truck driver Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Nick is a clean-cut guy who was set on marrying his sweetheart Polly Faber (Barbara Lawrence). Instead, Nick gets embroiled in his father's feud with Mike, buying a truck and falling deeper into racketeering. He delivers a truckload of apples to Mike as part of a scheme to expose his cheating. A prostitute, Rica (Valentina Cortesa), tells Nick that Mike has his own plot to trap him. Nick and Rica help Mike's henchmen learn that Mike has also been cheating them, and Nick eventually gets his revenge. But Nick has permanently lost Polly because of his involvement with the gangsters and his change in personality from a good guy to a more sinister businessman. Director Jules Dassin was blacklisted from Hollywood for supposed communist sympathies after making this 1949 picture, but he went on to have success with more caper movies while in exile in France. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2005
UPC: 0715515015325
Original Release: 1949
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 30,330

Special Features

New, restored high-definition Digital transfer; Audio commentary by Alain Silver, editor of Film Noir Reader and author of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles; New video interview with Jules Dassin; Trailer for The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides (2..4), a new documentary on Bezzerides, author of the screenplay for Thieves' Highway and the novel on which it was based; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Plus: a new essay by film critic Michael Sragow

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Conte Nick Garcos
Valentina Cortese Rica
Lee J. Cobb Mike Figlia
Barbara Lawrence Polly Faber
Jack Oakie Slob
Millard Mitchell Ed
Joseph Pevney Pete
Morris Carnovsky Yanko Garcos
Tamara Shayne Parthena Garcos
Kasia Orzazewski Mrs. Polansky
Norbert Schiller Polansky
Hope Emerson Midgren
George Tyne Charles
Edwin Max Dave
David Clarke Mitch
Walter S. Baldwin Riley
David Opatoshu Frenchy
Ann Morrison Mable
Percy Helton Proprietor
Maurice Samuels Mario
Saul Martell Stukas
Howland Chamberlain Mr. Faber
Irene Tedrow Mrs. Faber
Al Eben Newman
Joe Haworth Inspector
Frank Kreig Clerk
Mario Siletti Pietro
Robert Bice Announcer
Ted Jordan Actor
John Merton State Highway Policeman
Dick Wessel Cab Driver
Roy Damron Motor Policeman
Jim Nolan Policeman
Robert Foulk Policeman
Frank Richards Pig

Technical Credits
Jules Dassin Director
Robert Bassler Producer
A.I. Bezzerides Screenwriter
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Nick De Maggio Editor
Chester Gore Art Director
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Fred J. Rode Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:21]
2. Mandarin Slippers [7:53]
3. Ed Kinney [4:30]
4. The Orchard [6:41]
5. Roadside Assistance [7:20]
6. Sleepy Time [2:43]
7. "Where Can I Find Mike Figlia?" [6:56]
8. Black Coffee and Cigarettes [2:50]
9. The Hotel Colchester [5:24]
10. "Fig's Got Apples!" [2:56]
11. Soft Hands, sharp Nails [4:37]
12. Business in the Office [6:52]
13. Phone Call to Fresno [2:55]
14. Apple Cider [1:34]
15. Wrong Side of the Tracks [5:55]
16. "That Guy's Got No Brakes!" [3:48]
17. Arrivals [3:35]
18. "Aren't Women Wonderful?" [4:57]
19. Four Bites a Box [3:20]
20. "Suddenly, I Like the Party" [5:56]
21. "What About My Future?" [1:53]
22. Color Bars [:00]
1. The Film's Participants [1:21]
2. Proletarian Myths [7:53]
3. Mitchell and Conte [4:30]
4. A.I. Bezzerides [6:41]
5. Noir Visual Style [7:20]
6. Montage [2:43]
7. Lee J. Cobb [6:56]
8. A Proletarian Femme Fatale [2:50]
9. "Chipped Glass" [5:24]
10. Comic Relief [2:56]
11. Rica Versus Polly [4:37]
12. Mathematical Order [6:52]
13. Polly's Parents [2:55]
14. "She Likes Money Too" [1:34]
15. Silhouettes [5:55]
16. Misdirection [3:48]
17. Polly in the Novel [3:35]
18. Veterans [4:57]
19. Twisted Freudianism [3:20]
20. Nick's Violence [5:56]
21. Selznick and Breen [1:53]
22. Color Bars [:00]

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