A hard-hitting gangster film with lots of action, good dialog, and fine performances by all, especially Trevor as a gun moll. O'Keefe is serving time for a crime of which he was innocent. His one-time associates arranged a frame, and O'Keefe is determined to get even with them when he
breaks out of jail. With the aid of Trevor, his lover and pal, O'Keefe flees prison and is on his way to wreak revenge. While inside he was visited by Hunt, a social worker; he decides that she would be a good hostage in case the cops close in, so he kidnaps her. The three begin a trip to get Burr
and his gang, the men responsible for O'Keefe's stint in prison. It isn't long before O'Keefe begins to fall for Hunt, much to the jealous consternation of Trevor, who has risked her life and her freedom for O'Keefe. Hunt, a heretofore legal and solid citizen, finds this all very exciting, and
when O'Keefe has a battle with Ireland, one of the thugs, and loses, O'Keefe pleads with Hunt to save him, which she does by shooting Ireland in the back. Now she's a full part of the underworld. Hunt thinks she is in love with O'Keefe, but he wants her out of this hard life, so he temporarily
sends her off while he goes to execute Burr--playing a pyromaniacal part in the best Laird Cregar style. O'Keefe bursts into the hideout as Burr is experimenting with some flames, and Burr shoots O'Keefe. Then the place goes up in a conflagration, and Burr leaps out the window to escape the heat
and smoke and falls to his death. As O'Keefe is dying from the gunshot wound, Hunt holds him in her arms, and Trevor watches. A film noir picture in the best tradition, with fast-paced direction by Mann and superior photography by Alton. Whit Bissell (still known at the time as "Whitner") does a
small role as a hood.
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- Review: A hard-hitting gangster film with lots of action, good dialog, and fine performances by all, especially Trevor as a gun moll. O'Keefe is serving time for a crime of which he was innocent. His one-time associates arranged a frame, and O'Keefe is determined… (more)