Low-budget, tabloid-lurid story with high camp value of older man falling for much younger beauty who's busy figuring out how she can kill him now that they're married. Nasty verbal ... See full summary »
Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect.
Shortly after a bank robbery, gangster John Wheeler and his henchmen hide in a small apartment, awaiting for the rest of the gang to arrive.Also in the apartment are Wheeler's girlfriend, Laura and the gang's surgeon, Dr. Frank Matson. Wheeler asks Dr.Matson for a few headache pills.After taking the medication, Wheeler is shocked to find out that he has been poisoned by the doctor and he will die in 48 hours unless he receives the antidote from Dr. Matson. Matson takes the bag containing the bank loot and also asks Laura to join him in escaping the gang. The doctor tells Wheeler that he will give him instructions via a phone call to help Wheeler find the antidote once the doctor will safely be far away with the bank loot and the girl.Wheeler has no choice and allows Dr.Matson and Laura to leave the apartment with the bank loot.However,their getaway is fraught with unforeseen dangers, including a vengeful Wheeler who is determined to recuperate his bank loot and his girl and kill ... Written by
Why did James Mason return when he had the $200,000?
I kept asking myself what and why James Mason playing a doctor was doing with a bunch of hoodlums instead of working in a mainstream State hospital or working in private practice.This point was never satisfactorily explained.He was far too sophisticated for this role and producers normally cast actors who play struck off doctors usually with an alcohol problem.As my summary suggests why did he at the end return for a face to face meeting with the hoodlums with the $200.000 intact? It was a neat trick to hide the revolver in the briefcase below the stolen money but what made him think he would have the time to reach for it, weren't the hoodlums going to kill him on sight in accordance with their oath?The female lead was attractive and thrived on sight in the Mexican setting.The Mexican bandidos were stereotypical/almost cartoonish Hollywood from the 1940s.I always like seeing Dan Duryea playing the "baddy" in films, he certainly got a lot of practice.William Conrad in his earlier roles played gangsters e.g, "The Killers" (1946) with Burt Lancaster but in later years played "Cannon" a private investigator.I was disappointed by the demise of James Mason's character at the end but as usual the 1950s Hollywood morality code would not allow criminals to profit from their crimes and I awarded it 6/10
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