Screenplay [from a story by Georges Simenon] follows the efforts of a crime ring to locate one of its members who bolted after participating in a murder. Missing member’s elder brother (Richard Conte), once chief accountant for the syndicate but now a reputable businessman with the promise that he can go straight, is recalled to find him. He learns too late that the gang merely wanted him to lead them to the wanted brother.
Phil Karlson forges hard action into unfoldment of film. Performances are first-class right down the line, Conte a standout as a man finally disillusioned after thinking of the syndicate leader who orders his brother’s execution as a close family friend. Both femmes have comparatively little to do, Dianne Foster as Conte’s wife and Kathryn Grant as the brother’s, but make their work count. Larry Gates as gang chief scores smoothly and James Darren as younger brother handles character satisfactorily.