Richard Conte tackles the mob in a classic film noir (1957) by Phil Karlson (Kansas City Confidential, Gunman's Walk). Karlson's style is hard, fast, and unadorned, which may explain why he's never attracted the attent...展开ion lavished on Robert Siodmak and the the more effete noir specialists. But the angry rhythms of Karlson's films seem just as true to the genre's fatalistic spirit as any of Siodmak's bizarre camera angles. Based on a story by Georges Simenon (Monsieur Hire), it's a fairly complex setup, but Karlson lays it all out very clearly, so that even the characters absent from the story have a kind of presence; this is an excellent crime picture. Dalton Trumbo may have contributed to the screenplay, without credit.