One Way Street

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One Way Street
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Hugo Fregonese
Produced by Leonard Goldstein
Screenplay by Lawrence Kimble
Story by Lawrence Kimble
Starring James Mason
Märta Torén
Dan Duryea
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Maury Gertsman
Edited by Milton Carruth
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • April 1, 1950 (1950-04-01) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English

One Way Street is a 1950 film noir crime film directed by Hugo Fregonese starring James Mason, Märta Torén and Dan Duryea. The crime film takes place mainly in Mexico.[1]


Dr. Frank Matson, a physician, steals $200,000 from mob boss John Wheeler henchmen after a robbery Wheeler and henchman Ollie have pulled off. Forced to go on the run, Matson also takes Wheeler's girlfriend Laura Thorsen with him.

After hiding out in Mexico, word gets back to Matson that Wheeler knows where he is, he and Laura return to Los Angeles planning to return the money, only to find Wheeler has been shot by Ollie. About to meet the same fate, Matson produces a gun and kills Ollie instead.

Laura is waiting for him at a cafe, as they leave, Matson turns to go phone the airline to get away with Laura, but is hit by a car coming down the one-way street.



Jeff Chandler was originally announced for the lead.[2]


Critical response[edit]

Film critic Bosley Crowther dismissed the film as uninteresting, "Perhaps it is all the fault of the script, which has our hero vacillating between a life of crime and regeneration via a lady's love and an honest but unremunerative practice. What it all adds up to is a standard romantic melodrama illustrating the facts that crime obviously doesn't pay and that the scenery and people below the border are colorful ... Like its title, One Way Street is explicitly obvious and not especially exciting."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ One Way Street at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ BETTE DAVIS SEEKS TO LEAVE WARNERS: Negotiations Are Under Way to Cancel Contract, Making Actress a Free Agent By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 26 July 1949: 31.
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times film review, May 12, 1950. Accessed: August 16, 2013.

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