This superlative film set the pattern for myriad documentary-type dramas to come. Its producer, Hellinger, patterned the tale after the tabloid newspaper stories he wrote in his youth, and he narrates the picture with the same kind of terse but poignant vitality that was the hallmark of his
sensational prose. Though basically a crime story--with, oddly, only character actor Fitzgerald as its star--the film is also a romance with the city itself, one where Hellinger embraces soiled urchins and immaculate society ladies with equal passion. The story opens with the bathtub murder of a
beautiful blonde playgirl. The police are left with no clues. Fitzgerald and his bra...