(Some Spoilers) Sizzling but very complicated crime thriller involving former Galveston oil driller Frank Duncan, Gene Barry, cooking up this plan to siphon off oil from the Huston oil fields. Duncan plans to accomplish all this by using a dummy oil company as his cover. Needing 5 million dollars to get his plan into motion Duncan strikes oil in tracking down his former oil drilling foreman Joe Hempner's two-timing wife Carrie. Carrie who dropped out of sight has now resurfaced in using the name of nightclub singer Zoe Crane, Barbara Hale, in Huston Texas.
As it turned out Zoe faked her own death and started a new life as a nightclub singer and mistress of top Huston hoodlum Paul Atlas, Edward Arnold. By becoming a member of Atlas' gang Duncan can not only get the cash he needs to start his oil stealing operation but take over Atlas' organization from within. This all takes a lot of planning but Duncan has all his bases covered except his own greed and that in the end does him in. By him double-crossing not only Atlas but even the one person who would lay her life down for the selfish and ungrateful Duncan the girl he left behind, in Galveston Texas, the Derrick Diner waitress Made, Jenne Cooper.
Duncan slowly worms his way up the Atlas mob ranks by not only getting his head honcho Gordon Shay, Paul Richards, to get caught in a purposely setup oil rig bombing adventure. That was in revenge for Shay earlier having an oil trucker murdered that he stupidly tried to frame Duncan with. This has the head men of the national crime syndicate Emile Constant, John Zaremba, who greatly dislikes violence, he feel it's bad for business, have Shay unceremoniously dumped as Atlas' head man.
Caught red-handed in his grenade attacks on a number of oil rigs Shay fingers his boss Atlas not knowing that it was Duncan, not Atlas, who had him set up in the blotched bombings! Atlas himself ends up being gunned down by the police with Shay, feeling that Atlas doubled-crossed him, turning the tables on him by turning evidence in order to save his hide and stick it to his now on he run, from he law, boss. Constant, the non-violent one, now realizing that Duncan is threatening his very existence as a national crime boss gives into his fears of ending up behind bars and orders a hit on Duncan in order to save himself and his now collapsing crime syndicate.
***SPOILERS***The hit on Duncan by out of state-from St. Louis- hit men Kalo & Stokes, Pete Kellett & Charles H. Gray, backfires with them killing the wrong person-Zoe Crane-who tried to leave town with Duncans $25,000.00. This alerted Duncon of not only their intentions, of whacking him, but their identities as well. Duncan who by now had gotten way over his head could only throw in the towel, or throw away his handgun, knowing that his plan to live the good life, on stolen and pilfered oil money, was just a pipe dream. In the end Duncan finally listened to his girlfriend Madge whom he tried to use without her knowledge as a human shield, in protecting his own sorry a**, in her telling him to call it quites and face the music. That's before the pursuing Galveston police force who had him trapped in the Derrick Dner blows him to pieces.
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