A ship docks in Naples and starts off-loading cargo and one man, Victor Mario Sparducci. Jeff Chandler plays mobster "Vic Smith", who after 5 years in prison has been deported back to the old country. 10 minutes off the boat and he is grabbed up by fellow mobster Richard Rober. Rober has followed Chandler from the States to get his cut from a 100 grand job the two had pulled. Words and fists are exchanged and Rober is laid out. Chandler then heads for the small village his family had left when he was a child. He hides out with his uncle while he plans a way to get his cash over to him. Chandler hooks up with the village's black market boss and still finds time to romance local beauty Marta Toren. This all happens in the first 15 minutes. The film then loses steam and becomes a travelogue for the next 45 minutes. It does however catch fire again in the last 10-15 minutes. Chandler has found the perfect way to get his cash from the States. He buys 100 grand worth of food and medical supplies to be given to the village. He will then hi-jack the items and sell them on the black market for 5 times the cost. A falling out among the crooks ensues and violence erupts. Particularly well done is the gun battle between Chandler and Rober in the darkened food warehouse. The start and the finish however are not enough to save the film. It suffers from just too much dead time. For a Siodmak film it is disappointing. (INFO) All three of the leads died before their time with Toren going at 31, Rober at 42 and Chandler at 43. (b/w)
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