Joseph Losey's last American film (1951) before the blacklist drove him to Europe. A teenage boy sees his father beaten by gangsters; his revenge takes on a distinctly Oedipal tone as he rages through the LA night-world, gun in hand. Close, jittery, and very personal—the themes and characters echo through much of Losey's later work. With John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, and Dorothy Comingdore (Citizen Kane).
By Dave Kehr