The New York Times may have not liked "99 River Street" when it first hit the screens, but John Payne goes against type to deliver a taxi driver caught up to his fare box in murder, two-timing marriage, and pugilistic longings. Thanks to TCM for bringing this little indie gem back into the light. Like William Powell, Payne makes a good heavy when the going gets tough. You can't sing all the time; and, after Miracle on 34th Street, it's nice seeing Payne not being so nice for a change.
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