After two gang-related killings in "Center City," a suspect (who was framed) is arrested, released on bail...and murdered. Inspector Briggs of the FBI recruits a young agent, Gene Cordell, to go undercover in the shadowy Skid Row area (alias George Manly) as a potential victim of the same racket. Soon, Gene meets Alec Stiles, neurotic mastermind who's "building an organization along scientific lines." Stiles recruits Cordell, whose job becomes a lot more dangerous... Written by
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The best of all those semi-documentary crime dramas about the exploits of the FBI that 20th Century Fox was fond of making in the late 40s and early 50s. A terrific cast (with Richard Widmark especially good, and even better than he was in "Kiss of Death" a year earlier), and an atmosphere as dark and moody as Widmark's character, make this one of the very best film noirs.
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