Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.
First feature film to use the Hoge Lens, which allowed a deep focus, a wider angle and needed half the light of previous lenses. This permitted the picture to be shot entirely on location, including interiors, which were normally done at a studio previously. The lens was invented by Ralph Hoge and Gregg Toland, and would become an industry standard.
While Jim Austin gets the short telephone call from Phil Harding, the clock on the newspaper office wall advances from 8 minutes before the hour to 21 minutes past.