not the best anthony mann picture ever, but a heady film worth watching for mann completists. it’s ahead of its time in its subject matter, but it gives a somewhat rosy view of the way things work when the system is enforced. ricardo montalban does a good job. more of a docu-noir than anything else, a bit in the vein of call northside 777 and such. i’ve now seen about a third of the 44 films that mann directed or co-directed.