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The story of a love with the law at its heels!
Questioned as a murder suspect, solid (but drunk) citizen Al Willis attacks his police questioners, is beaten, and swears vengeance against them. Next night, Lieut. Parks is murdered; Willis is the only suspect in the eyes of tough Chief Conroy, who pursues him doggedly despite lack of evidence. The obsessed Conroy is dismissed from the force, but continues to harass Willis, who flees to a sleazy town on the Mexican border. Of course, Conroy follows. But which is crazy, Conroy or Willis?
A nakedly implausible plot (not nudity though, people didn't take their clothes off in the 1950s). Police chief Joe (Sterling Hayden) is convinced that family man Willis (Gene Barry) has murdered three of his officers, despite there being absolutely no proof. He is dismissed from the police force, but continues his merciless harassment of Willis, who may not be quite as spotless as everyone else believes.
Neither of the main characters were remotely believable, it almost felt as if director Jerry Hopper had put some ideas into a hat, drawn out a few of them and decided to hash a story together from that.
Decent semi-noir crime thriller. Entertaining.
Every film listed in the Film Noir Encyclopedia 4th Edition: Classic Period by Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini and…