Production and direction loses itself occasionally in stretching for mood and nuances, whereas a straightline cops-and-robbers action flavor would have been more appropriate. Same flaw is found in the Steve Fisher screen original.
Playing of the four cast toppers, Gig Young, a crazy, mixed-up cop; Mala Powers, a cheap saloon dancer; William Talman, a magician turned hood; and Edward Arnold, suave, crooked attorney, is adequate to script and directorial demands. Chill Wills, principal featured player, walks through the film without any definition, presumably being a character that represents the city of Chicago itself.
One night in life on the Chicago police force finds Young ready to blow his job and wife (Paula Raymond) to run away with Powers. He accepts an assignment from Arnold to take Talman over the state line in order to get money for the flight from reality.
John L. Russell’s photography makes okay use of Chicago streets and buildings for the low-key, night-life effect required to back the melodrama.