Passed | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.
The last of four films in four successive years that Thelma Ritter was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. This film follows nominations for All About Eve (1950), The Mating Season (1951) and With a Song in My Heart (1952).
You'd sell anybody for buttons.
Moe Williams: Yeah, but not to *you*, Mister!
When Joey leaves the basement after assaulting the police officer, he walks out of the shot, then a cat is obviously thrown into the frame.
When the movie was released in France, the French dubbing replaced the communists spying with drug dealing to avoid political controversy. No English print with subtitles went in circulation. The French title "Le port de la drogue" could be translated by "Pier of Drug". The original version was released several years after.