Directed by Rudolph Maté • 1948 • United States
Starring William Holden, Nina Foch, Lee J. Cobb
The 1940s craze for pop-Freudian psychoanalysis stories yielded this suspenseful thriller, a remake of the 1939 film BLIND ALLEY. This version features an intense performance from William Holden as a psychotic killer who escapes from prison and, along with his moll (Nina Foch) and gang, hides out in the country home of a psychiatrist (Lee J. Cobb), holding his family hostage while waiting for their getaway to be arranged. But soon the power dynamic shifts, as the doctor uses his skills to penetrate his captor’s mind and uncover the roots of his murderous behavior.