Having lost his heavyweight championship match, boxer Ernie Driscoll now drives a taxi for a living and earns the scorn of his nagging wife, Pauline, who blames him for her lack of social status. Involved with jewel thief Victor Rawlins, Pauline is murdered by him when she impedes his ability to fence the jewels. Blamed for his wife’s murder, Ernie must track down Rawlins before he leaves the country. —IMDb
Phil Karlson (July 2, 1908, Chicago, Illinois – December 12, 1985, Los Angeles, California was a film director known for his no-nonsense film noirs. Karlson directed 99 River Street,Kansas City Confidential and Hell’s Island all with actor John Payne in the early 1950s. Other films include Rocky (1948), The Phenix City Story (1955), 5 Against the House (1955) and The Young Doctors (1961).
Phil Karlson was the son of popular Irish actress Lillian O’Brien.
He studied painting at Chicago’s Art Institute, and law, at his father’s request, at Loyola Marymount University in California.
Karlson got into the film industry working as a prop man while a law student. After working a number of film jobs, including being an assistant director for a number of Abbott and Costello films, Karlson directed his first film in 1944 and in 1948 directed the first film starring Marilyn Monroe, Ladies of the Chorus. He worked on a number of low-budget projects for Monogram Pictures and… read more
Complex psychological interweavings of the real and the theatrical & lots of big cars in the rainy noir of LA streets. Evelyn Keyes pulls out ALL the stops - lots of wacko thryoidal Joan moments with panicking eyes! All the men are not very pretty, and quite mean! Payne is very brutal, and some quite eye-popping man to man violence Prob would have been censored in the early 50's. Such are the power of true B movies