This film noir classic has all the key elements that define the genre. A nasty mob boss, played to perfection by Richard Conte. His sadistic behavior and possessive obsession with his girl, Susan Lowell, defines the role of the noir heavy. Another defining theme is the tension between underlying sexual frustration and overt violence. Conte can’t have a meaningful relationship with his girl and his feeble attempts at connecting sexually is shown when he grabs Susan by the throat and forces a kiss. Although Detective Diamond is not physically violent in his encounters with his sexy dancer girlfriend, Rita, he can’t connect emotionally, prompting her to comment, “..Hoodlums, Detectives…a woman doesn’t care how he makes his living… only how he makes love.” Above all, it is the excellent, terse and provocative dialogue by Philip Yordan that makes this film noir one of the best of the genre.