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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Fritz Lang wanted Spencer Tracy's character to be a lawyer, but the producers thought he should be more of a working man, so he became an auto mechanic. See more »
When a stone is thrown through the window at the jail house the sheriff goes over to check it out. There are bars on the window when he first looks out; after they pan back from the people outside, the bars are clearly no longer on the window. See more »
[after several witnesses had lied on the stand]
I wonder if I haven't been calling the defense witnesses by mistake.
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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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