It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers - they don't carry weapons and have to get local police approval ... See full summary »
When he learns that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner, returning WW2 hero Joe Miracle steals the money from the club's safe and hides in a settlement home, while the mob is on his tail.
Prof. Andrew Gentling, in Los Angeles to help found a new college, is inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes into a midnight drive. Next day Catherine is missing, believed killed; friend ... See full summary »
After two gang-related killings in "Center City," a suspect (who was framed) is arrested, released on bail...and murdered. Inspector Briggs of the FBI recruits a young agent, Gene Cordell, to go undercover in the shadowy Skid Row area (alias George Manly) as a potential victim of the same racket. Soon, Gene meets Alec Stiles, neurotic mastermind who's "building an organization along scientific lines." Stiles recruits Cordell, whose job becomes a lot more dangerous...Written by
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The movie is a follow-up to The House on 92nd Street (1945), which uses the same semi-documentary style to tell the story of an FBI investigation. Lloyd Nolan plays FBI Inspector George A. Briggs in both films. See more »
The wall behind Ed Begley during the Danker interrogation changes from brightly lit to sharply defined shadows of prison bars and back to brightly lit again. See more »
This FBI -vs- the gangsters film seems a bit stiff and hokey in the first 15 minutes, then takes off when Alec Stiles (Richard Widmark) shows up. When he's on screen, the movie bolts forward, leaving it's 1950's school-film documentary approach, into a seedy world where crime is the panorama.
Widmark's performance is really the only noteworthy one in the film. His presence, while not overwhelming, is still bodacious. He's neither chilling nor very menacing (even though he's mean as hell to his non-femme fatale girlfriend); yet there's something charismatic about him that makes you want to watch his unique screen presence here.
The last 45 minutes of the film is truly excellent entertainment and the final 10 minutes or so is a wet, dark, dripping noir.
I'd give it 10 stars if not for the first few scenes that don't involve Widmark.
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