United States Treasury agents O'Brien and Genaro infiltrate a counterfeiting ring which has some dangerously good paper. This is supposedly based on several actual Treasury cases.Written by
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The ship that "the boss" is on is the Don Anselmo (as seen on the bow). It was launched in 1945 as the MV Reeving Eye, a C1-M-AV1 type cargo ship for the U.S. Maritime Commisson for use in WWII. In 1946 it was sold to a private company and was Panamanian-flagged. After being sold and renamed a couple more times, it collided with a Ecuadorian naval patrol boat on August 30, 1971 and sank with the loss of 13 lives. See more »
Although the ship in the final sequence is described in dialog as the Higgins, the name visible on the ship's bow is the Don Anselmo. See more »
This is one of the better examples of film noir cinematography. Once the introductions are over and the dramatization of the case begins, the film overflows with startling black-and-white contrasts and interesting camera angles. Director Anthony Mann and photographer John Alton were at the top of their game and the DVD transfer enhances their work.
The great camera-work more than makes up for the fact that the story is just so-so, the weakest of the three noirs the two did together on this 3-pack DVD (the others being, He Walked By Night and Raw Deal.) However, it does sport the typically-tough film noir characters and some great suspense over the last 10-15 minutes. What you have to wade through is the boring beginning but staying with it will be rewarding.
I thought the grim story could have used a little warmth, at least some wisecracking with some floozy "dame." But, no molls in this story this is man's gangster film all the way.
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