This is an exciting Pre-Code cop film from MGM. When I say "Pre-Code", I am indicating that it was made just before the adoption of the Hollywood Production Code that was intended to clean up movies and eliminate sex, violence and other adult-only content in films. Because of this, the film is much more violent than films made in the mid-30s and later. It also features a lot of seamy dialog and content. A few examples of these taboos that were in some Pre-Code films would include:
Police radio reports of "a nude woman on the corner of Elm and Berry" and an "indecent exposure".
Memorable lines such as "the back of his head was blown out" and referring to the coroner's vehicle as "the meat wagon".
These sleazy elements actually helped make the movie more exciting and seem more like a real police story. And it was exciting throughout until a very, very disappointing and silly ending. Yes, this ending WAS violent and satisfying on a baser level, but it just made no sense at all. This helped to make this movie a good time-passer with some sleazy elements, but not much more. Exciting but not all that satisfying.
In addition to all the excitement, look for a very young and pretty adorable Mickey Rooney as Walter Huston's son.
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