Comments: Starring: John Ireland, Sheila Ryan, Hugh Beaumont, Jane Randolph, Ed Kelly.
Black & white, 1947.
Anthony Mann, who took the suspense of film noir to dizzying heights with his movies T-Men and Raw Deal, brings his talents to the hard-boiled detective thriller with Railroaded.
When a policeman is killed attempting to thwart a holdup, Detective Mickey Ferguson is assigned to the case. The case becomes personal, though, when the kid brother of Mickey's sweetheart is named as the gunman. Determined to find the truth, Mickey goes searching for clues and comes up with notorious gangster Duke Martin (John Ireland). What follows is a blood-and-thunder extravaganza filled with betrayal and suspicions, handguns and hostages, and a climatic nightclub showdown.
Mann directs Railroaded with a precision and elegance that betrays its low-budget production, and John Ireland's cold-blooded performance is backed up by a talented (if unknown) cast, including Hugh Beaumont and Sheila Ryan.