A poor and alienated young man (Farley Granger) who is driven to murder when a priest refuses to give is deceased mother an expensive funeral. The film explores the crippling poverty that has prevented the youth from marrying or providing his mother with enough comforts, and has led to his crime. Dana Andrews plays the compassionate assistant of the slain priest who brings about the tormented killer's repentance.Written by
Granger gets caught in a mob gathering outside the Galaxy movie theater. The marquee shows it is playing "Our Very Own," which was the movie Farley Granger and Joan Evans made prior to this film. See more »
After the priest is found dead, the crucifix is still on the desk rather than being taken as evidence. Also the police fail to check the notepad, the significance of which is noticed by Andrews. See more »
The great Dana Andrews gets first billing but his is a supporting role. This is Farley Granger's movie and he shows what a real actor is. It is very dour. Very sad. Sort of like Street Scene in the 1950s. There is not even a moment of cheerfulness. Yet it is very gripping and well written. I particular love the actors in the small roles. Even Ellen Corby and Ray Teal sneak in for great cameos. The movie is framed around a very unconvincing idea. Take those scenes out and this is a ten.
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