The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon. McQuigg, the only honest police captain on the force, and his loyal patrolman, Johnson, take on the violent Nick.
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Stiff police procedural that suffers from Hughes' meddling interference and Mitchum's terminal boredom. Nobodies seems to care much, which is a shame because the source material is solid and the film could have been a gripping syndicate drama instead of a by-the-numbers cops & robbers flick.
I wanted to love this film, being huge fans of the three leads, but its just so so and kind of a mess at times. Almost feels like multiple directors worked on it but I need to confirm that on imdb. Robert Ryan steals most scenes, which he usually does, but has an easier time of it here in this rather limp story.
Both produced by Hughes, the original silent and this remake share one thing in common: The villain steals the show. Unfortunately this newer version falls flat in its story as it drags along to the conclusion.