An American tourist, who served in Algeria during WW2, is mistaken for an American agent hired by the French government to recover its gold reserves that went missing in the Algerian desert during the war.
Gianna Maria Canale,
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A vicious loan shark ring has been preying on factory workers. When several workers at a tire factory suffer violence at the hands of the loan sharkers, a union leader and the factory owner try to recruit ex-con Joe Gargan to infiltrate to the gang. At first Joe does not want to get involved, but changes his mind when his brother-in-law dies at the hands of a savage loan shark hood. Joe works his way into the mob, but in order to keep his cover, Joe can't tell anyone what he is up to. This results in him being disowned by his sister and girl friend. Written by
Jim Riecken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Very good noir that doesn't pause for a moment, gives us a good look at the inside of the tyre manufacturing factory and the allied thuggery via the loan sharks and plenty of violence. Indeed this is a fairly tough one with vicious beatings (if not always particularly convincing) and a very decent performance from George Raft. He seems a bit old to still be playing the ladies' man but when he makes a grab for his sister's friend and forces a kiss from her, we realize this is someone not to underestimate. The story moves along well and it is only a shame that after the tremendous opening with the rain soaked and heavily shadowed streets leading us to the first beating, things slow down, just a little. Plenty of good stuff though and a fine and unusually set finale.
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