The editor of a New York exploitation newspaper meets the wife he had abandoned years ago, while using another name, at a LonelyHearts ball sponsored by his newspaper. She threatens to ... See full summary »
Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.
Barbara Bel Geddes,
Based on the story "Mob Rule" by Norman Krasna. Joe Wilson and Katherine Grant are in love, but he doesn't have enough money for them to get married. So Katherine moves across the country to make money. But things go disastrously wrong for Joe when he stops in a small town and is mistaken for a wanted murderer. Through the course of the movie, Fritz Lang shows us how a decent and once civilized man can become a ruthless and bitter man. Written by
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This was actress Sylvia Sidney's only film for MGM, and according to the papers of director Fritz Lang, he stipulated that she be cast in the part before he signed his contract with the studio. See more »
When the newsreel of the attempted lynching is run during the trial scene, the frame of the newsreel is frozen several times, in order to show the defendants as having taken part in the crime. But while the newsreel projector is supposed to have stopped, the ticking of the projector continues in the background, as if the film were still running. See more »
Tracy escapes from the mob's attempt to burn down the prison he's being kept in and seeks revenge. An interesting study of mob mentality from Lang, making his first American film. It starts off well but takes a turn for the worse after the prison escape. It becomes melodramatic and preachy. Tracy is understandably bitter but the sudden change in his behavior is not believable. Tracy portrays this change in his character with really bad overacting. Brennan is fun to watch as a sheriff's deputy. Revisiting many of the themes from this film in his next, "You Only Live Once," Lang cut down on the melodrama and the overacting, producing a better film.
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