Edward G. Robinson is a tough Broadway cop in charge of a strong-arm squad feared by NYC racketeers. A headstrong maverick, he slugs the police commissioner, Joseph King, and is kicked off the force. The widely publicized event interests crime boss Barton MacLane, who then hires the
ex-cop to show him how to beat the law. King visits Robinson in the cell in which he is held after he punches a cop who sneers at his betrayal of the force, and it is at this point that the viewer realizes Robinson's wild conduct has all been an act. In the meantime, MacLane is killed by henchman
Humphrey Bogart. Robinson assumes leadership of the gang, taking over the lucrative numbers...