Film noir thriller that feels real and doesn't have that artificial studio feel that was normal at that time. I like the story that not only is a manhunt to catch a killer, but also a race against time in order to stop him to become a walking death virus. Only the scenes where we follow Richard Widmark in his private life with his wife drags down the film and doesn't add anything truly interesting to the film.
A sharply-crafted crime thriller from director Elia Kazan highlighted by intense performances by a top-notch cast, particularly Richard Widmark and a young Jack Palance at their best. A classic, but not quite on the level of some of Kazan's other masterpieces.