Strange how everyone calls this a film noir. It's visually too bright, and it's not cynical, pessimistic, or defeatist. This is just a black and white crime film, albeit it a fairly good one. The plot and supporting actors are quite competent. What really elevates this film is the stellar performance of Richard Attenborough as the sociopathic Pinkie Brown. This is one of those rare films with perfection on display.