Eager to land a journalistic position, Adam White goes to work as an advice-giving newspaper columnist. His editor, Shrike, takes pleasure in browbeating his alcoholic wife Florence for her past adultery, and assigning his employees journalistic jobs for which they have little aptitude or interest. Shrike goads Adam into meeting one of his correspondents, Fay Doyle, a teary, self-pitying woman who makes a play for him. Adam is torn between his loyalty to the newspaper and his girl Justy. –IMDb
An under-appreciated film with very good cast, especially Robert Ryan and Maureen Stapleton. From a dark story by Nathaneal West, brought into screen form by Dore Schary and Howard Teichmann. Has a 50's dramatic television look, but it works to its favor--keeping it lean and dialogue/character driven.