Directed by Don Siegel • 1958 • United States
Starring Eli Wallach, Robert Keith
The dual strands of this thriller follow two criminals involved in a dope-smuggling scheme and the police who follow their trail of violence across the city of San Francisco. Making brilliant use of space and architecture, the film features a wildly disorienting car chase that culminates on the then-unfinished Embarcadero Freeway—literally, a road going nowhere. Don Siegel directs Eli Wallach as the cold-blooded hit man, with Warner Anderson and Emile Meyer as the cops hunting him down.