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Det. Sgt. Christopher Kelvaney
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Karen Stephanson
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Dan Beaumonte
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Eddie Kelvaney
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Nancy Corlane
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Det. Sidney Y. Myers
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Father Ahearn
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Johnny Stark
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George 'Wrinkles' Fallon
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Joey Langley
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Selma
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Lt. Vince D. Bardeman
Dale Van Sickel ...
Manny
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Patrolman Mullins
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Detective Chris Kelvaney has a brother, Eddie, who also is a policeman. He witnessed a murderer running away from the scene of the crime. Chris has contacts with the gangster Beaumonte, who is willing to pay $15,000 if Eddie withdraws his testimony. But Eddie is an honorable cop and refuses. Beaumonte makes sure that Eddie is killed. After his death, Kelvaney starts to track down his brother's killer. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Temptation is a thing called money and a red-lipped blonde !


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In 1958, MGM reissued this film on a double bill with King Solomon's Mines (1950). See more »

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When Father Ahearn comes to the police station to talk to Chris, he puts his right hand on Chris's left shoulder in the over-the-shoulder shot, but the cut to the master reveals his left hand on Chris's right shoulder. See more »

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Joey Langley: This set-up stinks... out loud!
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Tough, cynical, nasty--and from MGM!
27 March 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

A hard-edged, gritty, violent little crime drama from, of all studios, MGM! Probably the closest that studio ever came to a noir thriller, only the overall gloss gives it away as an MGM film (guess they just couldn't help themselves); otherwise it could well have come from Warners or RKO. Robert Taylor is in top form as a hardened detective who has been immersed for so long in the seedy, seamy world of big-city crime that he finally succumbs to its corruption and is even tempted to sell out his younger brother, who is also a policeman. George Raft as the slimy crime boss, Janet Leigh as his brother's pretty, sweet (but hardly naive) fiancé, Robert Ellenstein (in a standout performance) as his partner and friend who doesn't want to see Taylor become the kind of lowlife he's always hated, all combine with a Chandler-esqe script by Sydney Boehm, tough, no-nonsense direction from Roy Rowland (a reliable but somewhat stolid director of mainly westerns and musicals) and a violent, action-filled climax to make this a must-see for noir fans. Highly recommended.


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