Nick Robey is just a small time criminal still living with his mother, until a heist goes terribly wrong and he fatally injures a policeman in his panic.
To escape the clutches of the law, Robey flees to a nearby swimming pool where he meets Peg, a nice but shy working girl who convinces him to come home and meet her family. Once inside, Nick reveals his true identity and threatens more killings if the family attempt to alert the authorities to his whereabouts.
Despite the criminal’s savage attitude, Peg is attracted to him and tries to persuade him to leave her hostage family alone by agreeing to accompany him. Willing, Robey presents her with money in order to buy a car for their getaway – but will she keep her side of the bargain?
This taut, disturbing crime thriller features stunning noir cinematography from the ten-time Oscar nominated James Wong Howe, which has led to a still from the film being featured on the cover of Andrew Spicer’s comprehensive critical guide, Film Noir.
Starring two time Oscar winning actress Shelley Winters, the gritty narrative is given an unrelenting sense of menace from 12 time Oscar nominated composer Franz Waxman’s (Bride of Frankenstein, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) rousing score.
This was the final Hollywood performance from the late, great John Garfield, following his blacklisting as part of the McCarthy trials.