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The semidocumentary crimefighting/spybusting thrillers of the late '40s are fascinating for their blend of institutionalized rectitude (the FBI is totally trustworthy and awesomely competent), authentic locations ("filmed where it happened"), and noir poetics. Once Inspector George Briggs (Lloyd Nolan repeating his House on 92nd Street role) sends agent Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) to work undercover on Center City's skid row, the movie has settled into an evocative meditation on the underside of Middle American town life c. 1948: the never-empty arcades and diners; a seedy drifters' hotel you can almost smell; cars parked slantwise along a commercial street that retains a memory of countryside; and an upstairs gym--Stiles's place--where even in daytime a surprising number of men congregate in hopes of seeing someone take a beating. And there's one sequence of skulking in a ferry terminal, so beautifully observed by director William Keighley and ace cinematographer Joe MacDonald, you'll wish you could shake their hands. Harry Kleiner's screenplay was reworked seven years later for Samuel Fuller's House of Bamboo. --Richard T. Jameson
Anyway this is done in a semi-documentary style & is a very good crime drama.
Veterans Lloyd Nolan and John McIntire give good performances as an FBI field director and FBI undercover operative, respectively.
The character Widmark plays in this film, Alec Stiles, is every bit as ruthless as Udo, but much craftier.
Law agent infiltrates bad guys group.
Bad guys catch on somehow.
Action builds quickly to a climax, good guy squeezes out of the jam. Read more
Mark Stevens, (Dark Corner), and Richard Widmark, (Kiss of Death), two of "Film Noirs" best. Together their even better. Taut and suspenseful Drama, Great entertainment.Published 6 months ago by elmac
I hd seeen the movie before so I knew that itn was one that I liked. I like movies that give me new information and this one did. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary L.