|Humphrey Bogart as Dist. Atty. Martin Ferguson|
The story centers around a crusading district attorney -- aren't all district attorneys crusaders in the movies? Bogart ably fills that role, but it's not much of a stretch for the veteran actor. A taut script, bristling dialog and neatly directed scenes keep this thriller on track, no matter how complex the yarn becomes. It's all based on the real-life Murder, Inc., syndicate that provided hitmen for hire.
Zero Mostel also does a fine turn as the nervous hitman who quickly realizes that he chose the wrong profession.