Complex psychological interweavings of the real and the theatrical & lots of big cars in the rainy noir of LA streets. Evelyn Keyes pulls out ALL the stops - lots of wacko thryoidal Joan moments with panicking eyes! All the men are not very pretty, and quite mean! Payne is very brutal, and some quite eye-popping man to man violence Prob would have been censored in the early 50's. Such are the power of true B movies
Probably Phil Karlson's greatest film. It is unfathomable to me that this is not better known and discussed, both within noir circles and in terms of cinema of the era. 99 River Street is about as rugged and hardboiled as movies – not just noirs – of the 1950s get. I oftentimes wonder why it is not included among the canon of noir.