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At a police station, witnesses face the accused lineup of suspects. We know that Dix was involved in a stick-up, but the witness is frightened by Dix’s stare and refuses to identify him. ) As Dix is ushered out of the lineup, the camera moves to the ofﬁce of the commissioner ( John McIntire) who dresses down one of his detectives, Ditrich (Barry Kelley). The light in the commissioner’s ofﬁce is reﬂected from the window on the right, with blinds, making it appear that the precinct is sort of a “prison” for lawmen as well.
32 Three — Eagle-Lion Studios and Hollow Triumph aka The Scar (1948) We watch Muller leave the prison and enter a car driven by Marcy (Herbert Rudley). A young woman is sitting in the back seat. “You’ll have a lot of lost time to make up for,” says Marcy. The scene suddenly switches to a hotel room the next morning where Muller’s former gang buddies reunite. The majority of them have become secure in their work and hold down small jobs by which they eke out a living. But Muller has other ideas: He wants to “have the whole world by the tail.
But as in The Asphalt Jungle, the entire caper goes awry. Hayden’s acting career stretched into the 1970s when he made the ﬁrst color neo-noir and last ﬁlm, Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, before he retired from acting. Jean Hagen’s only noir role was in this ﬁlm, departing from her usual comedy roles. ) She plays against type as Doll Conovan, a nightclub ﬂoozie with a Brooklyn-esque accent, desperately in love with Sterling Hayden but unsure of how to express it. Louis Calhern, who plays Alonzo “Lon” Emmerich, belonged to MGM’s stable of stars and appeared in ﬁlms from the silent era into the 1950’s, appearing mostly in comedies.