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With 1947's Desperate, a disturbing, noirish twist on traditional moral values, responsibility, and guilt, director Anthony Mann entered the ranks of class-A directors, though he'd still have to spend a few more years in "B" pictures. In his first important role, Steve Brodie plays newlywed trucker Steve Randall, who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time during a fur robbery. Kidnapping Steve, the criminals, led by Walt Radak (Raymond Burr), threaten to mutilate Mrs. Randall (Audrey Long) unless Steve confesses to a murder committed by Radak's brother during… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Has] Mann's sense of coiled violence, just waiting to unload."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Anthony Mann is a master at directing these cheapie films and making them look stylish."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The story is standard urban crime stuff, but the director throws in a treasure trove of flourishes."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Nicely done crime thriller, with some great visual set pieces."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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