In this top-notch moody crime melodrama of the kind so popular in the mid-1940s, Lancaster and Douglas are rum-running partners during the bootleg era. While driving a load of illegal hootch they find their way blocked by a police barricade. They decide to split up, one running on foot, the
other driving the truck, making an on-the-spot agreement that whichever one escapes will keep their nightclub going and put aside half the profits for the other. Lancaster is caught and Douglas remains free. After serving a 14-year prison term, Lancaster, embittered and seeking revenge, is
released. He immediately heads for the big city and the posh nightclub owned by Douglas. A...