Fuller walked the streets of the Fourth Ward and was a newsman in addition to being a great director. Above he speaks about the making of Pickup On South Street. Below from one of several prior posts on Fuller
He became a crime reporter in New York City at age 17, working for the New York Evening Graphic. He broke the story of Jeanne Eagels' death. He wrote pulp novels and screenplays from the mid-1930s onwards. Fuller also became a screenplay ghostwriter but would never tell interviewers which screenplays that he ghost-wrote explaining "that's what a ghost writer is for".