USA | 1951 | 73 minutes | Harold Daniels

February 22, 2018

After several years playing either tenacious cops or cruel torpedoes, supporting actor Charles McGraw was elevated to leading man status by RKO boss Howard Hughes, becoming the studio's B-unit version of Bob Mitchum. Nobody could clip off tough-guy dialogue like McGraw. In this prototypical noir, he finally reveals a soft center, as an insurance investigator who goes crooked trying to satisfy an avaricious dame (Joan Dixon). An unjustly overlooked classic "B."

35mm print courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Noir City is presented by the Film Noir Foundation. 

  • Director: Harold Daniels
  • Principal Cast: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1951
  • Running Time: 73 minutes
  • Screenplay: George Bricker, Steve Fisher
  • Cinematographers: Nicholas Musuraca
  • Editors: Robert Golden
  • Music: Paul Sawtell
  • Language: English
  • Format: 35mm