Kirk Douglas gives one of his best performances in this seminal cop film, directed by William Wyler. The plot is thin, but the drama is fleshed out with interesting characters. Chief among these is Jim McLeod (Douglas), a hardboiled, dedicated, by-the-book detective proud of his
untarnished record in a one-man war against crime. Douglas is tough on all the lawbreakers he drags in to police headquarters, particularly an unscrupulous doctor (Macready), whom he beats up in a police van before delivering him to the lock-up. Lieutenant Monahan (MacMahon) becomes suspicious of
McLeod's brutal treatment of the crooked physician, investigates further, and finds out that th...