In New York City, ex-cop Max Thursday, now the house detective at a scuzzy hotel in an even scuzzier part of town, exists in an alcoholic haze until his ex-wife appears with news of his son’s disappearance. So, Thursday stumbles through the city’s sleazy underworld searching for his kidnapped son.
Not as well known as he should be, Joseph Lerner directed four noir features between 1947 and 1951. One of these is Guilty Bystander: a booze-soaked and paranoia-inflected independent feature shot entirely on location in the never-grubbier streets of New York City.
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