Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect.
Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?
Special prosecutor John Conroy hopes to combat organized crime in his city, and appoints his cop father Matt as chief investigator. John doesn't understand why Matt is reluctant, but cynical reporter Jerry McKibbon thinks he knows: he's seen Matt with mob lieutenant Harrigan. Jerry's friendship for John is tested by the question of what to do about Matt, and by his attraction to John's girl Amanda. Meanwhile, the threatened racketeers adopt increasingly violent means of defense.Written by
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William Holden and Neville Brand co-starred in this film. Holden and Brand would later reunite the following year in Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 with Holden in his Oscar winning performance as Sgt. J.J. Sefton and Brand as the short tempered yet dedicated fellow POW Duke who constantly needles Holden's Sefton character. See more »
A special prosecutor is assigned to tackle organized crime. Inspired by the Kefauver hearings that had been conducted during the two years preceding this film, this is an earnest but routine drama. It moves at a good pace but becomes bogged down during extended scenes focusing on the hearings. Holden plays a cynical reporter and nobody does cynical better than Holden. In fact he would win the Oscar for playing a cynical POW in his next film, "Stalag 17." O'Brien is OK as the prosecutor. Holden and O'Brien would team up more memorably 17 years later in "The Wild Bunch." Begley is the crime boss while Smith provides the love interest.
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