A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moon shining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison. –IMDb
Arthur Ripley (January 12, 1897 – February 13, 1961) was a film screenwriter, editor, producer and director.
In 1923, he joined the Mack Sennett studio as a comedy writer. In the 1920s he worked closely with Frank Capra churning out screenplays for many movies. After breaking with Capra and the Mack Sennett studio, Ripley again returned to being a gag writer, screenwriter and occasional director. His directorial work in the 1940s, Voice in the Wind (1944) and The Chase (1946), were both critical successes, but neither film were box office hits. Ripley entered the world of academia, helping to establish the Film Center at U.C.L.A. Ripley returned to directing one more time, at the request of Robert Mitchum, for Thunder Road (1958) before returning to U.C.L.A. and working until his death in 1961. —Wikipedia
Sincere but unfocused. Fun for Mitchum completists and drive-in/hillbilly pop culture enthusiasts. I mean, imagine with Nicholas Ray could have done with this material.