In this particularly brutal Cagney film the great star reverts to the ruthless character he established in PUBLIC ENEMY. Cagney and partner Brodie escape from a prison farm and take refuge in a small town where corrupt elements control the police force. Learning of the police corruption
while staying with Brodie's sister, Payton, Cagney proceeds to set up a market robbery while paying crooked cops Bond and MacLane to look the other way. While not busy planning the robbery, Cagney dallies with luscious blonde Payton and kills her husband, Brand, when he objects. When Payton later
expresses hatred for him, Cagney mercilessly beats her up. Bond and MacLane (who teamed...