Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.
First feature film for director Anatole Litvak in five years after serving in the U.S. Army during WWII where he worked mainly with Frank Capra turning out documentaries for the War Department.
Good heavens, do I have to apologize for superior imagination?
When the chief arrives; he has an unlit cigar in his mouth and one of the other cops hands him matches. The chief lights a match then brings it in front of the cigar then turns off the flame with a wrist shake without actually lighting the cigar. He just fakes it.
Opening card: "...the night is long That never finds the day..." William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene III