Expanding their television show "China Smith" into a feature film, director Aldrich and star Duryea turned in a taut, exciting, and ultimately grim little film noir
. Duryea plays a WW II veteran turned private eye who is based in mysterious Singapore. One day a former lover, Carr, hires
Duryea to extricate her husband from the criminal activities he has become ensnared in. The husband, Knowles, has fallen in with Lockhart, a powerful black marketeer who wants to kidnap a prominent nuclear physicist, Shields, and hold him for ransom to the highest bidder, be it capitalist or
communist. Knowles poses as an Army officer and meets Shields at the airport. The sci...