Directed by Robert Siodmak
For one of his last Hollywood assignments, film noir master Robert Siodmak, director of The Suspect, The Spiral Staircase, The Killers, Cry of the City and Criss Cross, ventured to Italy—with legendary cinematographer William H. Daniels (The Naked City) and a script by writer/producer Robert Buckner (Bright Victory)—to film this gangster drama inspired by the deportation of real-life Mafia kingpin Lucky Luciano. Jeff Chandler (Man in the Shadow) plays Vic Smith, an American “undesirable citizen” who is shipped back to his native country of Italy. There, he gets wrapped up in a black-market ring and a romance with a beautiful widow, the virtuous Countess Christine di Lorenzi (Märta Torén, Spy Hunt), who may help put an end to Vic’s immoral ways. This riveting crime story has been one of the hardest to find of Siodmak’s American films—until now! The wonderful supporting cast includes Claude Dauphin (The Quiet American), Marina Berti (Prince of Foxes) and Richard Rober (Jet Pilot).