Story, by Ben Hecht [adapted by Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg and Robert E. Kent from the novel Night City by William Stuart], unwinds with a maximum of suspense and swiftly-paced action and is featured by an excellent performance by Dana Andrews. Picture is also notable for better-than-average character portrayals and co-star Gene Tierney.
Andrews, while he is on the carpet for slugging too many hoodlums before he has criminal evidence against them, accidentally kills a man in a fistic battle, in self-defense. Victim is Craig Stevens, former war hero and ne’er-do-well estranged husband of Gene Tierney, a lush model.
Otto Preminger, director, does an excellent job of pacing the story and of building sympathy for Andrews.