One of the very best film noir. The story of hardcase cop Charles McGraw protecting witness Marie Windsor from the mob on a train journey from New York to LA. Tense, mostly trainbound, claustrophobic atmosphere and career bests from the leads, closely followed by director Richard Fleischer at his pacey, unfussy best.
Sixty years old but knocks most modern films into a cocked hat with its tense, driven and professional style. A brilliantly realised tale of a lawman looking death and evil in the face and not flinching.
There were some cracking thriller noirs made in the early 50s, I too strongly recommend Fleischer's 'Armored Car Robbery' and the often overlooked Split Second [DVD] [1953
] directed by former leading man Dick Powell.