This is a long, static mess of a crime drama. Although the cinematographer obviously worked hard to make this visually interesting we can judge it against contemporary crime dramas such as Von Sternberg's stylish UNDERWORLD, Browning's brooding WHITE TIGER and Badger's funny PATHS TO PARADISE. This was at the height of Hollywood's final burst of cinematographic innovation before sound films put it in a straitjacket for ten years.
Ignoring the flair of others, director and star McGowan managed to turn out a movie that is stagy, dull and depressingly obvious. Far too much of the story is told with title cards and the characters' motivations are strained to the limit to justify their actions. Avoid this one.
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