And that about sums up everyone's motivations in Sam Fuller's 1953 noir-ish "spy" film Pickup on South Street. Spy is in quotes there because applying that word to the film implies a lot of things about the plot and characters that simply aren't there. It's a fun movie, and Fuller writes some terrific pulpy dialogue that I love to death, but the bad guys are only bad because this is 1953 and their communists and the good guys only need to thwart them solely because of they are communists. It's a bit lazy.
Lost in Criterion gets lost in the asylum this week, joining Sam Fuller in Shock Corridor (1963), the story of a journalist of questionable pay grade and talent who thinks he's got a good idea on how to win a Pulitzer by pulling a Nellie Bly and one upping her by solving a murder while he's at it because, bah! Women! Only thinking about bettering lives through social exposé! We got papers to sell!
Anyway, speaking of papers to sell, why not give this week's episode a listen?