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A police officer seems to have committed suicide, but Detective Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) thinks there's more to the story. After talking to the man's mob-connected mistress, Bannion discovers far-reaching corruption that leads all the way from the police station to kingpin Mike Lagana (Alexander Scourby). But when the policeman's lover is killed, it becomes clear that crossing Lagana is a dangerous thing to do. Soon Bannion finds himself marked for death and his family in mortal danger.

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Glenn Ford
Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion
Jocelyn Brando
Katie Bannion
Lee Marvin
Vince Stone
Jeanette Nolan
Bertha Duncan
Willis Bouchey
Lt. Ted Wilks
Robert Burton
Det. Gus Burke
Adam Williams
Larry Gordon
Arthur Morton
Original Music
Charles Lang
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Robert Peterson
Art Direction
William Kiernan
Set Decoration
Jean Louis
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  • Above all, it is directed with a dramatic incisiveness, a sharp-edged observation that keeps the pitch of interest and excitement continuously high.

    January 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film is drum-tight, directed with muscular clarity and force.

    November 24, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ford's portrayal of the homicide sergeant is honest and packs much wallop. Lang's direction builds taut suspense, throwing unexpected, and believable, thrills at the audience.

    April 9, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting -- highly recommended.

    April 9, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Lang strips down William P McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as efficient and powerful as a handgun.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • That's the beauty of Lang's moral ambidexterity. He tells the story of a heroic cop, while using it to mask another story, so much darker, beneath.

    January 20, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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