Blimey what a bleak film. Corruption, violence and alcoholism. Not made by the Russian tourist board this one.
A genuine (largely) unrecognised gem of a film. This is the Twilight Time bluray which not only looks great but has a very enjoyable commentary. I knew nothing about the blacklisting before watching this and the film explains it simply but very effectively.
Woody deserved much more credit than he got for his performance and Zero Mostel is just stunning, especially in his heartbreaking later scenes.