Despite its reputation, a rather overrated police-procedure thriller which has gained its seminal status simply by its accent on ordinariness and by its adherence to the ideal of shooting on location. In organising the hunt for a brutal murderer, Fitzgerald's detective is too winsome and hammy, Taylor's assistant merely wooden; thanks be then to Ted de Corsia as the killer, adding a touch of real nastiness and urgency to the admittedly well-constructed final chase.
Cast and crew
Albert Maltz, Malvin Wald
Barry Fitzgerald Howard Duff Dorothy Hart Don Taylor Frank Conroy Ted de Corsia Enid Markey David Opatoshu Paul Ford Arthur O'Connell Mark Hellinger