The first entry in director Anthony Mann's series of noir
films (BORDER INCIDENT; HE WALKED BY NIGHT; RAILROADED; RAW DEAL; SIDE STREET; T-MEN) is a disturbing twist on middle-class values, responsibility, and guilt. Brodie is a newlywed truck driver who accidentally becomes involved
with a gang that robs a fur warehouse and kills a cop in the process. One of the gang is captured, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair. But Burr, the leader of the crooks, plans on forcing Brodie into confessing to the murder: if the driver balks, the gang will kill his wife.
Brodie and his wife flee to the country, hiding out at an isolated farm owned by relat...