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90 minutes · 1953

Crime drama
Fritz Lang's sizzling 1953 film noir masterpiece features Glenn Ford (in his best performance—perhaps his only performance) as an anguished cop out to smash a maddeningly effete mobster (Alexander Scourby) and break the hold he has on a corrupt city administration. With sensational support from Lee Marvin as a sadistic hood and Gloria Grahame as Marvin's bad/good girlfriend, whose reward for hanging around is a faceful of scalding coffee. Brutal, atmospheric, and exciting—highly recommended.
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: William P. McGivern
Producer: Robert Arthur
Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton, Adam Williams, Howard Wendell, Chris Alcaide, Michael Granger, Dorothy Green and Carolyn Jones

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