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Time Out says

One of Siegel's most vigorous crime-thrillers, and a key study of the gangster as psychotic. Rooney is surprisingly and superbly cast as the Depression desperado increasingly unable to control his outbursts of irrational violence, while the supporting cast - including Gordon as John Dillinger - is expertly deployed. But it is the sheer pace and economy of Siegel's direction that lend the film its anarchic energy; recreation of period is almost ignored in favour of an emphasis on actions exemplifying the anti-hero's sexually-insecure neuroses. A superior example of the way B-movie conventions may be transcended by wit and a fertile imagination.
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Release Details

  • Duration:83 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Don Siegel
  • Screenwriter:Irving Shulman, Daniel Mainwaring
  • Cast:
    • Mickey Rooney
    • Carolyn Jones
    • Cedric Hardwicke
    • Ted de Corsia
    • Emile Meyer
    • Leo Gordon
    • Jack Elam
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