Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.
Identified by critic Thom Andersen as an example of "film gris", a suggested sub-category of film noir incorporating a left-wing narrative.
The suckers bet in any combination of three numbers selected from the totals bet at some racetrack that day. Twenty million bettors a day in the United States; annual income to cheap crooks and racketeers: over one hundred million dollars. It seemed...
When Joe reads the newspaper at the beginning of the film about the prosecutor cracking down on the numbers racket, the second paragraph of the story is about another topic entirely.
All existing copies of the film are of the version that was cut by 10 minutes in order to fit into a double bill.