This late noir, effectively directed by Budd Boetticher, is about a meek, bespectacled bank clerk (Wendell Corey) who gets involved in a robbery. His crime leads to his wife's death and his incarceration. He swears revenge against the detective (Joseph Cotten) who accidentally shot his wife. After a few years in the pen his good behavior leads to the honor farm. He escapes by killing a guard (Stanley Adams) and a farmer, and manages to fool the cops as he returns to LA, not to kill Cotten but Cotten's pregnant wife (Rhonda Fleming). With Virginia Christine, Alan Hale Jr, and Michael Pate. This 73 minute movie manages to build up to a very suspenseful climax, in which the murderer is wearing a woman's clothes four years before PSYCHO was released. It works very well because of Boetticher's direction and the cast, most notably Wendell Corey's splendidly creepy portrayal of the murderer, Leon Poole. With John Larch as a would-be hero.