27 July 2009 | joeparkson
Deserves More Viewing
I see by the credits that this gem of a noir was filmed by Franz Planer, who did many classics. I've seen most of the Mickey Spillane movies, and this one has the most distinctive photography. The director Victor Saville seems to have been a better producer than a director. he also had an affinity for Mickey Spillane; he produced nearly all the Mike Hammer movies in the 1950s.
The cast is outstanding; besides the great Anthony Quinn, there are several lovely girls, the best being Peggie Castle. Even the trampy woman at the beginning who gets a rude kiss-off from Quinn plays her small part to perfection.
The doctor who treats Quinn's hands at the beginning has a familiar face. I've seen him in many TV shows as well as movies.
It's impossible to make a bad movie when you have Charles Coburn and Gene Evans backing you up.