Returning to the city from her wealthy employer residence, Joyce Willecombe, spots two armed men on the train. She reports them to the conductor who radios in to the Station’s police. Once at Union station she points out the men to Lt. William Calhoun, head of the station’s police squad and they find out that the gunmen are members of a gang who have kidnapped her employer’s blind daughter and are seeking a $100,000 ransom. The Chicago police headed by inspector Donnelly, and the FBI are both called in. The action in this classic Film Noir culminates in a chase through the station’s underground tunnels. Directed by Rudolph Maté (D.O.A.). —Olive Films
Rudolph Maté (1898-1964) became an assistant cameraman for Alexander Korda in Hungarian films of the late teens. In the mid ‘20s he lensed some of Carl Dreyer’s Mika’l, and became cinematographer for Dreyer’s classics La Passion De Jeanne D’Arc and Vampyr. After working in France on Fritz Lang’s Liliom and Rene Clair’s Le Dernier Milliardaire, Mate came to Hollywood in 1935. Here he shot such notable films as Our Relations with Laurel and Hardy, William Wyler’s Dodsworth, Alfred Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent, Korda’s That Hamilton Woman, and Lubitsch’s To Be Or Not to Be. Mate began directing in 1947 with the comedy It Had to Be You, which he co-directed with Don Hartman. As a director Mate is most fondly remembered for his early films, the noirs The Dark Past and D.O.A., and producer George Pal’s apocalyptic science-fictioner When Worlds Collide. —allmovie guide
Sunset Boulevard co-stars Holden and Olson teamed up again in the same year as Wilder's masterpiece for a less heralded though still memorable film, an economical kidnapping thriller that in its brief running time combines authentic location shooting with some rather obvious studio sets. With no redeeming features whatsoever, Bettger is exceptional as the ferocious and murderous lead kidnapper. Well worth a viewing..
The dying blonde's last words, Lyle Bettger as the sadistic villain, Barry Fitzgerald's accent, the Hugo Cabret mood, the cows, the underground. Recommended.