[Update 07/12/2021: Need to redo this review completely. Fix the screenshots also.]
Eddie Rice has been in the military hospital for the last few years. He's
got a piece of shrapnel lodged in his brain and he can't remember anything at
all before he woke up in the hospital. The doctors give up so they release him.
He enlisted in Los Angeles so that's where he goes to look for answers and he
finds them quick: he used to be a big time gangster and right before he enlisted
he squealed on the #1 crime boss in town. *gulp!* A normal person would hear
this bit of information and run away as quickly as possible, but no not this
genius he sticks around and gets shot at and the crap beat out of him
repeatedly. And that's my biggest problem with this movie: I feel no sympathy
towards the main character. All of his problems are of his own making. A better
story would be a guy trying to
avoid trouble, not going around
sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong.
Just a few hours after he arrived in town the bad guys beat the shit out of him
and tell him if he doesn't leave town in 24 hours they're going to kill him.
What does this guy do? He goes to their illegal gambling hall and starts talking
Beautiful looking noir (thanks to cinematography by John Alton) that's held back
by the stupidity of the main character. Still very much worth watching and
filled with great lines and characters. Recommended.