Directed by Henry Hathaway • 1947 • United States
Starring Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray
Richard Widmark made a sensational screen debut, scoring an Academy Award nomination for his unforgettable turn as menacingly grinning, giggling psychopath Tommy Udo (don’t let him near your grandmother) in this hard-edged thriller. Caught red-handed on Christmas Eve, convicted jewel thief Nick Bianco (Victor Mature) agrees to inform on his accomplices in exchange for a lighter sentence. But when one of the criminals he betrayed—the laughing, loose-cannon killer Udo—is unexpectedly released, Nick and his family find themselves in sudden danger.