Director Otto Preminger's second consecutive film based on a Ben Hecht screenplay (WHIRLPOOL was first) stars Andrews as a vicious police detective--the son of an infamous mobster--prone to beating confessions out of suspects. While trying to get information from a robbery suspect that
will connect the crime with Merrill, a top mob boss, Andrews lets his violent nature spin out of control and he accidentally kills the suspect. Obsessed with nailing Merrill, Andrews fakes the evidence so it appears that the killing was a gangland slaying committed under Merrill's orders.
Unfortunately, police conclude that an innocent cab driver, Tully, was the culprit because he ha...