Starts with a belly-punch, Fuller-like, over and above reason. Slowly crawls into a sociological study firmly grounded in logic, just what the 'message' says. Favourite character: the lonely shy manicurist looking for love in all the wrong places.
Wow. One of the darkest of the films noir. Like ACE IN THE HOLE and KISS ME DEADLY, this movie pretty much condemns the whole of American society: desperation, loneliness, opportunism, criminality, mob mentality, you name it, it's rot from top to bottom. In 1950! That this flick isn't better known, even among noir "connoisseurs," is hard to believe. Blistering.
Damn, one of the darkest noirs ever! Even darker than Fritz Lang's Fury, its closest companion as it was based on the same incident. There isn't a single facet of postwar American society the film doesn't condemn. The underlying desperation, loneliness and spiritual and financial despair and thoroughly brought out in the open. And the mob mentality depicted in the final scenes is truly harrowing.