Edmond O'Brien was a great actor (classics, films noirs and westerns) , and it was a real pleasure to discover him in this rare TV film noir from "the Dick Powell Show". O'Brien is a violent convict who escapes by killing his guard. He hides at his brother's place who has wife and young daughter and tries to get honest. O'Brien uses his brother in a hold-up with two very bad guys.
This a very tense drama between the two brothers, O'Brien terrorizing the young family. There is a major scene where he imposes strongly his violent domination, wonderfully shot by noir veteran George Diskant. This scene might have been influenced by his experience with Orson Welles.
This tense drama is skillfully directed and co-written (with Morton Fine) by David Friedkin who had already directed in 1957 the very strong "Hot Summer Night" (also co-written with Morton Fine). Morton Fine and David Friedkin have written together since 1949 beginning with the radio shows "Broadway Is My Beat" and "Crime Scenes". Hope to find some more movies directed by David Friedkin (and perhaps again co-written with Morton Fine). Friedkin was also a fine producer (and co-writer with Morton Fine for "The Pawnbroker" directed by Sidney Lumet.
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