The Depression was still in full swing when the crime movie became a main staple of the film industry. The Hays office in Hollywood made it a rule that the moviemakers could not idolize big-time criminals by making movies about them. There were many ways to get around this, and this film,
based loosely on the career of John Dillinger, offers one example. Federal agent Arlen is after Cabot, who has killed his, Cabot's, brother, also an agent of the FBI. This is the routine story with plenty of car chases and gun battles and Cabot finally brought to justice. The best sequence of the
film is when Cabot goes to a plastic surgeon and finds after the operation that the d...