The opening is an intense, to-the-point illustration of the gangland rub-out in Hemingway's brusque short story. What follows is a blander, slacker, but carefully wrought specimen of detective fiction, as an insurance flatfoot ferrets out the whole story behind the short story. Definitive film noir score by Miklos Rozsa. With Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Charles McGraw, William Conrad; directed by Robert Siodmak. (1946) — Duncan Shepherd
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