Love the opening of this film. It is almost avant-garde. I don't think I've ever seen newsreel footage used in such a disorienting manner in classical Hollywood cinema.
A very good late noir with all the tropes covered. It gets the most out of it's low budget with wonderful location shooting and night photography when film stocks weren't very fast and this production had a minimum of lights at its disposal--certainly compared to now. Dan Duryea is always a great crook, and young Jane Mansfield is a surprise. A must for noir buffs by a good director, at least here--Angel Baby too.
To me this is one of the first student noirs. It wasn't made by intuition, but by careful study and imitation of other filmmakers (definitely Welles and Hitchcock). Later directors (like Altman and Polanski) would do this better, but sometimes I love watching a young filmmaker work through his influences and try to come out the other side. This director mostly succeeds.