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.
A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.
The soldier Nick Garcos returns back home from the war very happy with gifts for his parents Yanko and Parthena Garcos and money in his pocket to open a business and get married with his girlfriend Polly Faber. Out of blue, Nick realizes that his father lost both legs and Yanko, who was a truck driver, tells that he was cheated by the dealer Mike Figlia in the San Francisco's market when he delivered a truckload of tomatoes and was not paid. He believes that his accident was provoked by Figlia's gangsters. He also tells that he sold the truck to a driver named Ed Kinney that has not paid him. Nick meets Ed and tells that he will bring the truck back, but Ed proposes a deal with apples, where they may earn a great amount. Nick invests his savings in another truck and buys apples from a Polish farmer. They need to drive directly to the market in San Francisco without sleeping to keep the fruits fresh, but Ed's truck has problem on its axle and Nick arrives first. Mike Figlia hires the ...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lee J. Cobb (Mike Figlia) and Morris Carnovsky (Yanko Garcos) were both members of the famous Group Theater (1931-1940) and appeared together in the original Broadway production of Odets' "Golden Boy," Carnovsky played the father of the boxer. When the play was filmed with William Holden in his debut role, Cobb played the father. See more »
Figlia's Henchman axes Nick's tire dead flat, but at the climax, Nick drives off in his truck and the tire isn't flat anymore.No mention is made of it being fixed. See more »
[knowingly, after getting out of the shower, and hearing that Polly has walked out on Nick]
Aren't women wonderful?
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Include a few interesting character actors as well,and you have an interesting mix.
Overall,a noir film with a few unexpected twists.Not as much violence,but psychological intrigue and underhanded deeds,Richard Conte is believable as over the road produce trucker,attempting to avenge his father's misfortune.
The trucking trade in Northern California at this time was extremely competitive and cutthroat,and Lee J.Cobb excels as the shady vendor who grafts and scams the truckers,at any cost necessary. Indeed,the catastrophic death of one trucker is directly caused by him,as he considers this to be mere collateral damage necessary for profit.
Valentina Cortese also has an interesting part as a woman living on the fringe,surviving by default.
An interesting period piece worth viewing. 9/10.
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