This film noir classic plays on America's paranoia about a Communist takeover in the 1950s. Dwelling in a neon-lit nightscape are: a pickpocket, Skip McCoy; an abused dame, Candy; a seen-it-all stoolie, Moe; Joey, Candy's violent boyfriend and Communist plotter; shifty G-Men; cynical cops; and a whole nest of vipers in fedoras and trenchcoats. Joey forces Candy to deliver a secret package for him. Then Skip snatches Candy's purse and inadvertently takes a cryptic film that some underground Reds have stolen. A pair of Feds tracking the film's whereabouts witness the pickpocket and close in on him. But Skip first considers cutting a deal with the Communists. Then he realises that several parties are interested in the film--and some are even willing to kill for it! Thelma Ritter was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.
Region: 2 - Europe (PAL), Japan (NTSC), South Africa, Middle East
Duration: 77 minutes
Cast: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye & Richard Kiley