Underworld U.S.A. ★★★★

"We got a right to climb out of the sewer and live like other people!"

Sympathy for the plight of the lower class, hustling just to make a living, forced to work with crime bosses who don't care about the people they have to step on to get ahead and with the crooked cops paid bribes to let the bad guys live the way they want. It's all about guilt, and how much you're willing to live with in order to get what you want—except that the rich criminals aren't held to the same standard, and when you're poor, you don't have a choice but to do the wrong thing.

"Teach ya how to hustle alright, right to the electric chair."

"The only way you get off their payroll is on a slab."

Samuel Fuller | Film noir

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