The saturnine commentary which emanates from this Billy Wilder film noir which he co-wrote with Walter Newman and Lesser Samuels has an encompassing essence of incontestable contemporaneity.
The narrative centres around an electrifying performance from Kirk Douglas as down-on-his-luck reporter Charles Tatum. Who fortuitously hits upon a story in New Mexico of Leo Minosa, a man trapped in an ancient Indian ruin while attempting to obtain historical artefacts.
As the scenario unfolds, the film manages to apprehend the depths of journalistic immorality as Tatum sets about creating a name for himself by maliciously lengthening the rescue effort to manipulate the human interest story; generating a national media sensation.
The remainder of the cast delivers equally dazzling performances, most notably Jan…