This was to be Dassin's last film in America for over a decade; as a victim of the House Un-American Activities he was labeled a communist and forced to work in Europe. Unlike many of the blacklisted filmmakers, Dassin was able to continue making films, his talent blossoming when he was
freed from the Hollywood system. Effectively using the hilly terrain of San Francisco and the surrounding countryside, THIEVES' HIGHWAY is the story of a vengeance-minded GI (Conte) who returns home from the war to discover that his father has lost the use of his legs as a result of a feud with
Cobb. Conte had originally planned on using his small savings to marry the pretty, but ve...