The plot is straight out of the 1930s Warner Bros. scriptorium, but Robinson's dynamic personality lifts this crime melodrama up out of the gutter. He's a district attorney with a conscience who, when he learns that he's sent an innocent man to the electric chair, takes to drink. His
married assistants, Foch and Marlowe, urge him to quit prosecuting people and become a criminal defense lawyer. Robinson agrees and takes on Dekker, a notorious racketeer, as his first client. Slowly, Robinson learns that Dekker has operated high, wide, and handsome for years because he's had
inside information from Robinson's own former office leaked to him. Robinson discovers that Ma...