Petty crook and cop-killer Rome, in bad shape from wounds in the hospital prison ward, still refuses to help slimy lawyer Niles clear his client by confessing to another crime. Police Lt. Candella must check Niles’ allegation; a friend of the Rome family, he walks a tightrope between sentiment.
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Rewatched once again. Extraordinary performances by Victor Mature and Richard Conte. Some mythical scenes like one with Hope Emerson as a sadistic masseuse and old ladies's strangler or Martin Rome's suspenseful jailbreak or the last scene in a church with each of the two main characters, good and evil, impeded by bullet wounds. Masterpiece.
SIODMAK Noir 3 === Nasty cop against hard boiled criminal. Lousy punks. Lost souls & their illusions. A remarkable supporting cast, quality of the American cinema. A kind of "Heath" 50 years earlier. === Flic teigneux contre criminel endurci. Voyous minables. Paumés en quête d'illusions. Des seconds rôles remarquables, qualité du cinéma américain. Une sorte de HEATH 50 ans plus tôt. Featuring pretty- Debra - PAGET.