Lawyer Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time.
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This is one of the greatest film noirs of all time. It is devastating, haunting, and gritty, all the ingredients you need for a great film noir. John Garfield just had that sleazy all American mentality that played perfectly in his films.
One of the best Film Noir ever produced. One of the most desperate also. New-York City looks like a metallic spider waiting for its next victim. John Garfield, who was a real bankable Hollywood star then, is unfortunately a little bit forgotten nowadays. Let's not forget him ! Masterpiece.
A near perfect noir; the only thing that doesn't quite work for me is the relationship between John Garfield's and Mary Windsor's characters. Moreover, Windsor doesn't quite match the rest of the actors in the film. Besides that, a force of fantastic noir.
The film noir as art film; elusive, inscrutable, with symbolic elements; Cain & Abel, a decent into subterranean worlds; capitalism as literal black death. The love story seems an afterthought, but it's the performances, heightened & emotional, like the great American theatre, & the dialog, which has a kind of street poetry to it, which thrills. Direction & cinematography are also impeccable; that amazing noir style.
Another classic noir that doesn't quite connect with me. The screenplay, which is often lauded, is far too preaching for me and the characters I am supposed to feel sorry simply aren't redeeming to me. It looks great in spots, but outside of that I consider it overrated.
The actual content is not quite up to par compared with the cinematography, which is occasionally pretty amazing, adding claustrophobia to some of the scenes. Garfield leads the way, but Windsor's character seems out of place and pointless. Not the masterpiece I supposed, but for the visuals and the intensity alone a must-see for film noir fans.