Disturbing, grim film noir
directed by Anthony Mann and starring John Ireland as a psychopathic killer who ritualistically dips his bullets in perfume and lovingly strokes his handgun while cleaning it. The story involves the investigation of the robbery of a beauty shop that was really a
front for a gambling den. In the robbery, a policeman is killed, and one of the robbers (Brasselle) is apprehended. Under pressure from the police to name names, he implicates his friend Steve (Kelly), who is innocent of any involvement in the crime. Steve's sister, Rosa (Ryan), begs police
detective Ferguson (Beaumont) to reinvestigate the case because she is convinced her...