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Barry Sulivan is a cynical gangster who controls the Neptune Beach waterfront. He runs a numbers racket with the local soda shop owner: the police are in his pocket and the local hoods are on his payroll.
Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is ... See full summary »
John Muller, medical school dropout and brilliant crook, plans a holdup which goes a little bit wrong, and finds vindictive gambler Rocky Stansyck after him. At the end of his tether, he stumbles onto a lucky chance to assume an impenetrable new identity as psychiatrist Victor Bartok. But irony piles on as Muller finds it's out of the frying pan, into the fire. Written by
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When Muller is pumping gas, the pump indicates the price is 25 1/2 cents per gallon, and it has delivered 4 9/10 gallons of gas, but only indicates a total sale of $1.00 - when it should be $1.25. (The pump's bell did ring four times - once per gallon delivered - which is correct. See more »
Paul Henried plays a career criminal, who gets the usual release from prison with the assurance from the warden that he'll be back. And, of course, the warden was at least partly right, as Henried's character's first move is to reassemble his gang and rob a casino. This is a great part for Henried, who plays it so well he makes it seem as if he were born to play a bad guy. He has a great face for the camera to zoom in on in those darkly lit scenes. As well, the fairly ingenious story keeps one watching, as he assumes the identity of a successful psycho-analyst who he was a dead ringer for. It gives us a look at the criminal duplicity of that situation, with some amusing scenes of him in the office with patients on the couch, though the part played by Joan Bennet, as the office secretary, needed to have been more developed to meet the needs of her situation. Nonetheless, the film is very well directed, and keeps the conclusion a secret all the way up to the end.
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