Orson Welles' reworking of a script written by Paul Manash for "King of the Bs" Albert Zugsmith (adapted from Whit Masterson's novel Badge of Evil,
which Welles never bothered to read) is widely considered one of his greatest achievements, a dark, perverse thriller about moral
compromise and the price of corruption.
TOUCH OF EVIL was itself a deeply compromised project: Welles had a falling out with the studio during post-production and wound up barred from his own editing room. He went to his grave claiming never to have seen the film again after a painful screening of the studio's version, which strove to
make straightforward and unequivocal all that ...