Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?
Police detective Damico, outwitted by mob killer Blackie Clay, is nominally suspended; actually he goes undercover (as Tim Flynn, ex-con longshoreman) to find Clay and expose the waterfront rackets. In character, Damico throws his weight around so much that the mobsters try to get rid of him; surviving this, he begins to realize that few of those around him are what they seem. Written by
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The intro music in this picture is the same one in "The Big Heat" (1953). See more »
In scenes set in a pawn shop and an all-night diner (apparently shot in interiors on standing street sets), actors' frosty breath can be seen even though they're supposed to be inside real businesses that would presumably have been heated. See more »
Ugly Faces, Gloomy Atmosphere, and Stinging Zingers
When the Decade of the 1950's Kicked in, Film-Noir Purists are asked to Except the Conceit of New Wrinkles such as Upbeat Endings and Authorities (Police and Government) as the Saviours and Benevolent Overseers of Mankind.
In this Underseen, Underrated, and Overlooked Entry Broderick Crawford Delivers some Stinging Zingers and is a Perfectly Cast Noir Hero that is a Burly, Brawling, Beefy, Mountainous Man that is Able to go Undercover to Ferret Out the Mob Boss and can Hold His Own Amongst the Equally Ugly and Street Level Gangsters and Longshoremen.
After a Killer Opening Drenched in the Dark City Milieu of Encroaching Buildings and Shadowy Streets, Crawford's Police Superiors Order Him to Narc Up and Send Him into the Lion's Den. There is a Rogue's Gallery of Now Familiar Faces and a Blue Collar World of Corruption Filled with Fisticuffs, Frame-Ups, and Seedy Bars.
The Dialog, Character Actors, Direction by Robert Parrish, and the Noir Photography with Gloomy and Dilapidated Sets, a Twist at the End, and an Overall Depressing Tone make this Fifties Film-Noir a Must See.
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