An architect travels to the remote city of Eschnapur to oversee some work being done at the bequest of the local Maharajah. Along the way the architect meets and falls in love with a ... See full summary »
Dave Bannion is an upright but unscrupulous cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth. Written by
The fictional city where the story takes place is named Kenport. See more »
When Bannion lets the dead Debby's hand go, it gently moves downward obviously still under her control. See more »
Do you mind if I walk around your yard? Talk to your men?
I have to mind. When it comes to my bread and butter, I stay careful.
It doesn't matter to you that Slim might have been mixed up in a murder, hmm?
Sure it matters. But what can I do about it? I don't know anything.
You're a liar.
You can't insult me, mister. I said I don't know anything, and that's how it stands.
You know, I've been meeting your kind every day now for ten years. Scared rabbits who never see a thing. You wouldn't stick ...
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A violent story about a detective working in a corrupt department who investigates the apparent suicide of a fellow officer. Worth seeing for Glenn Ford's prototypical performance and Gloria Grahme's show stealing portrayal of a boozing moll with a conscience. With facial disfigurement and cigarette burns it took violence up a notch from the standard gun play of the past, making it grimmer and more realistic, and giving the story more punch. Grahme's tough and tender role stands out and gives the film a tragic element, while certain of its portrayals of greed and corruption (namely the dead officer's wife) stand out for their attention to detail. In the end, it IS the details that give this formulaic story its clout, and we can thank director Fritz Lang for that.
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