WWII vet Nick Garcos (Richard Conte) returns to San Francisco, intending to go into the apple business with his father. But when he discovers that his old man lost his legs in a trucking accident, Nick is forced to partner up with Ed (Millard Mitchell). Following another accident, however, Nick senses something amiss and that Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb), a produce dealer with a heart of stone, might just know what’s going on. Shot on location on San Francisco’s embarcadero, Dassin’s masterful direction makes Thieves’ Highway one of the most critically lauded, yet under-seen noirs of the 1950s.
Appears in: A Little Noir
Other Films by Jules Dassin
“Soon-to-be-blacklisted director Jules Dassin’s excoriating and angry prison drama uses the ‘big cage’ as a metaphor for the lost innocence and spiritual malignancy of post-WWII America. One in a series of ’40s films haunted by talismanic portraits of women, BRUTE FORCE uses a dreamy calendar model as the inspiration for a series of flashbacks that …