Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match.
Homicide Capt. Finlay finds evidence that one or more of a group of demobilized soldiers is involved in the death of Joseph Samuels. In flashbacks, we see the night's events from different viewpoints as army Sgt. Keeley investigates on his own, trying to clear Mitchell, to whom circumstantial evidence points. Then the real, ugly motive for the killing begins to dawn on both Finlay and Keeley.Written by
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It has been suggested that one reason the film failed to win any Oscars was due to director Edward Dmytryk and producer Adrian Scott refusing to state when testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in late 1947 whether they were, or had been, Communists. Dmytryk--a Canadian who had become an American citizen only a decade earlier-and Scott became the first two members of the infamous "Hollywood Ten," a group of producers, writers and directors who in April 1948 were tried and convicted for contempt of Congress and subsequently blacklisted and unable to work in Hollywood. See more »
At 7:34 there is a portrait of FDR. The film was set post WWII; Truman was president. See more »
[to Mitchell's wife]
Okay, where were you when he needed you? Maybe you were someplace having beautiful thoughts. Well, I wasn't. I was in a stinkin' gin mill, where all he had to do to see me was walk in, sit down at the table, and buy me a drink.
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A bigoted soldier kills a man for being Jewish and tries to pin it on a fellow soldier. Not as good as the novel it was based on ("The Brick Foxhole") in which it was a gay man who was killed...but Hollywood wouldn't touch that in 1947. That said, it's still a very good film. The anti-Semitism is handled very well, but it's hammered into the audience that bigotry is bad...well duh! But this was 1947. The picture is well-acted by the entire cast (especially Robert Young and Robert Ryan) and the tone is very dark...as it should be. Very atmospheric too. A deserved big hit in its day...well worth seeing.
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