Edward Dmytryk directs Robert Young, Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan in this noir where a police detective investigates an anti-Semitic murder where a set of soldiers are the prime suspects.
Quite heavy handed and doesn’t really work as a thriller. The killer is obvious from the start and the movie cannot settle on a protagonist. There are two really neat monologues about prejudice in America. The source material was about homosexuality rather than anti-semitism and it isn’t a stretch to see all the characters as closeted. Not enough Mitchum for my liking, Gloria Grahame excels in a small role as a fallen woman.
Perfect Double Bill: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
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