Barry Sulivan is a cynical gangster who controls the Neptune Beach waterfront. He runs a numbers racket with the local soda shop owner: the police are in his pocket and the local hoods are on his payroll.
A police detective investigating a jewel robbery discovers evidence that points to his girlfriend as the culprit, although she claims she was framed. He arrests her anyway, and she is ... See full summary »
Shubunka is the self-made head of the rackets in the sleazy boardwalk community of Neptune City, a low-rent version of Coney Island. He has become infatuated with a sultry nightclub chanteuse and lavishes her with gifts and attention, spending money on her that might better go to maintaining his hold on his operation. His obsession with her, as well as his pride, clouds his judgment as Cornell, a much more ruthless hoodlum, moves in on Shubunka's territory, bribes and threatens his associates, and compromises his operation. As if in a Greek tragedy, the petty gangster's weaknesses conspire to cause his downfall.Written by
Re-released as part of a double feature in February 1954 with Dillinger (1945). See more »
About 15 minutes into the picture, when people are going up and down the stairs to the elevated train platform, a shadow of the camera and crew member falls across them. See more »
My advice to you is 'get out!' They'll jump you when you least expect it. Get out of town, Shubunka. They're killers!
Jammey, what did you do? What are you talking about? Did you sell me out?
Did you go over to them?
I wish I did! I wish I could! The trouble with me is I've got a conscience!
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As a film noir entousiasme, I don't rate this film on the top ten of the genre. But it has some moments. Some great shots by Cinematographer Paul Ivano that would deserve being laminated and hanged on a wall. I'll let you notice them. Also check out a young 24 years old Shelley Winter with a 10 seconds scene as a waitress.
In brief a movie carried by cinematography more than acting, by atmosphere more than by a script.
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