Great performance from Broderick Crawford, certainly at an Oscar level. It's hard to do this whole story in under two hours without the turning of Willie Stark feeling a bit rushed. Still, all in all, Rossen does about as well as can be expected.
Rossen is a very practical. His hands are invisible which is such a underrated aspect of film directors. The performances across the board are extraordinary. I love the toughness of Mercedes McCambridge. She's as strong here as she was in Johnny Guitar. A fine piece of drama.
Don't let the bad critical reviews of the remake scare you away from the story. The story is very good and this original is very compelling. Mercedes McCambridge who provided the voice of the devil in the Exorcist is a young woman (still with a unique voice) in this film; she gives a memorable performance.