Based on a true story it show how crucial it is to seek after the truth even when hitting obstacles and seemingly being stuck with clues and the "right man". James Stewart is fantastic in the title role (as if that is something new), but the film has also dated since it premiered with all long time used to tell us how a lie detector works. Boring narrator in the beginning and end of the movie also don't help.
A solid crime drama/police procedural, attempting to recreate the magic of The Naked City in Chicago, or at least thats the impression I got. The film is decent, but unfortunately, as great as Stewart and Lee J Cobb are, they have next to zero chemistry together. Conte feels underused in his role also. All in all, there are worst ways to pass your time, but this is prob the least enjoyable Stewart film Ive seen.
I agree that this isn't technically a noir (or at least I don't see anything that would warrant the classification), but after a slow and boring start I finally got into the story. I liked the subdued tone and the dealings with justice department, when Stewart's character tried to find the truth. Very engaging, although perhaps a bit average at the same time.