Shocking cruelty and explosive performances by Wilde and Conte make this a favorite of film-noir cultists. The plot revolves around Wilde's determination to smash the rackets with the help of the gang boss' ex-girlfriend. As in this outing, director Lewis's deft use of low budgets made him a critical favorite.



According to film critics, this film stands with others like Fritz Lang's The Big Heat as one of the great film noir detective classics in terms of style.Actors Wallace and Wilde were married when the film was shot. In fact, they were married from 1951 until their divorce in 1981. This film noir is considered by many film critics as one of the best work of legendary cinematographer John Alton.

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