As a train speeds through the Arizona night, a man posing as a physician holds up the baggage-car crew and escapes with a $500,000 payroll. The fake doctor, Paul Bruckner, leaves the train ... See full summary »
Rich Lois Frazer, divorcing her fortune-hunter husband, finds he's bought a gun. Suspecting he plans to kill her, she calls in her lover, who just happens to be Homicide Lieutenant Ed Cullen. When Ed arrives, the gun gets used...and because of his relationship with Lois, Ed is compelled to compound a felony. The good news: Ed himself is assigned to the case. The bad news: Ed's hotshot younger brother Andy, a new- minted detective, is also on the case...and anxious to prove himself. Written by
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Routine police drama that doesn't generate much tension until the climactic scene in the derelict building. There, echoing footfalls and eerie doorways surround the intruders. Too bad the rest of the film doesn't approach this dramatic level. Seems cop Ed Cullen (Cobb) impulsively covers up his sweetie's (Wyatt) sudden killing of her husband (Warde). Not a very cop-like thing to do. Worse, Ed's kid brother, new to the force, picks up his trail, which puts Ed in a touchy position.
Unfortunately, the results are compromised by questionable castingan unsexy Wyatt, a limp Dall, and a distracted Cobb who seems to have swallowed a lemon, (maybe anticipating impending HUAC hearings). Then too, the narrative is erratic and unpersuasive, e.g. matching bullets from different guns, plus a distinctly unromantic Wyatt and Cobb!
However, an unsung Alan Wells (Nito) turns in an aptly wracking performance as a low-class stickup man. Too bad his few moments amount to the movie's one energetic high point. Also, mustn't forget that sublime very last scene that is certainly no cliché. Note too Lisa Howard as Dall's cute little brunette wife, Janet. Might not guess it here but she has historical standing as one of early TV's first female newscasters. As a TV reporter she also played an important intermediary role between Castro, Kennedy, and Kruschev during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It's hard to suspect such eventual heavy lifting from her rather mundane role in this movie.
Old car buffs, however, should find the movie's array fascinating-- an "inverted bath tub" Nash, an "is it coming or going" Studebaker, and a rather futuristic mystery car that Andy drives to the showdown. For geezers like me, these old films are reminders of styles and fashions of times past. I wish the production had included more of these atmospheric street scenes.
Anyway, the results are a little too flat and erratically written (three good writers don't necessarily add up to a good screenplay) to get beyond the mediocre.
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