(Cy Endfield, US 1951, 92 min.)
Payne’s Picks. Family man Howard Tyler (Frank Lovejoy) moves to California looking for work, but pushed to the edge of destitution, and unable to provide for his pregnant wife and son, he turns to crime, in the person of Jerry Slocum (Lloyd Bridges). Slocum and Tyler escalate their crimes from robbery to kidnapping, spurred on by the sensationalist news stories written about them. While now able to care for his family, Tyler resents the work and be¬gins to question Slocum when everything goes violently, terribly wrong. Prescient in its view of tabloid media and its effect on the culture, this film is anchored by a fiery performance from Bridges.