Well done story with fine cast
Movie Lover: John Walter
Middle Village, NY US
-- June, 15, 2010
John Ireland stars in this 1948 film about anti-semitism in a unnamed town. An unpopular subject at the time. the film tells its story faithfully and truth. I agree that it deserves a wider viewing and larger reputation.
Noir with a message, and the great John Ireland
Movie Lover: call me Z
somewhere out there
-- May, 12, 2006
Compact film noir about an anti-Semitic hate group. While on their honeymoon, John Ireland and his new wife Jane Randolph stay with an old army buddy named Ed... but Ed never comes home, and someone's been ransacking the place. They find white supremacist literature, and Ireland wonders what Ed was doing with trash like that. They figure out that Ed's in trouble... and maybe they are, too. The organization murders Ed and then runs over his corpse with a truck, and Ireland learns that almost everybody in the neighborhood hates Jews. Ireland is determined to get to the bottom of things. Ed left some incriminating photos because he was going to expose the organization in a magazine, and the Nazis want the pictures back. Gritty, socially-conscious fast-moving little B-flick that keeps the tension cranked up high. Deserves a broader reputation; right now it's too obscure for most film reference books. If you like this, you may also want to check out Jigsaw, which Alpha also carries.
An interesting little B movie film noir
Movie Lover: Karl Bunker
-- January, 16, 2005
An interesting little B movie film noir in which John Ireland finds himself battling a ruthless neighborhood gang of white supremacists. Notable for its gritty, working-poor setting -- Ireland is on his honeymoon, but the best he can do for his new bride is to bunk for a few days with his unemployed army buddy! As the Oldies.com write-up says, there is a lot of dark, expressionist lighting; very creative and moody. This film is also an example of how low cost B movies could tackle social issues that the studios of the day would never broach in a big budget release. Well worth the price!