In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »
Lucky Jo and his three friends are little criminals, who try to live from small burglaries. But they never have luck - ever so often something inpredictable happens to Jo and gets one of ... See full summary »
First feature film from director Fred Zinneman is a snappy little "B" feature that features Van Heflin as the head of a city crime lab who solves the murder of the town mayor by analyzing evidence from the crime.Written by
Working titles: "Then There Were Two" and "Along Came Murder." See more »
The powder used in the bomb that killed Mayor Daniels was discovered by Gordon McKay to be the same powder as used in .38 Magnum ammunition. The .357 Magnum cartridge was created by Elmer Keith and manufacturer Smith & Wesson about 7 years prior to this movie. There was, however, never a .38 Magnum cartridge. See more »
The category for this movie might be 'mystery', the plot however certainly isn't. Within the first five minutes of the film you found out that Jerry is corrupt and you meet McKay, the man who'll certainly solve the crime. This makes you wonder why the movie would be interesting.
Still, like most of Hitchcock's features, it's not what the movie is about, it's what you do with the plot that makes the movie. Zinneman's first is quite good for a debut: the film is sober but effective. The relation between McKay and his female assistant Mitchell is more interesting than 95% of the working relations you normally get to see. McKay's forensic quest is quite interesting too.
Bear in mind that it's a debut and watch a very nice film.
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