Stöten (1961) is a well-done film noir. Being late in the classic cycle, it has echoes of other noirs, such as "The Killing" (1956). But it has plenty of originality and production strengths to create a well-turned noir. It's strong in building its characters. The movie opens with strong night action as two convicts escape from prison. They are the more rational and philosophical Gunnar Hellström and the alcoholic, threatening and uninhibited Tor Isedal. They join two others to rob a racetrack in broad daylight, using an ambulance as a gimmick. One of these is the knife-wielding Nils Hallberg. The other is a rather cowardly guy. They finance this venture by a previous robbery foray of an illegal gambling room. Hallberg stands out strongly, even in his interactions with the woman demanding his back rent. Adding a lot of noir flavor is the fatalistic romance between Hellström and Maude Adelson. There is some very good writing strewn throughout the screenplay, as when Adelson contemplates that the two of them are worse off with the loot.
The cinematography is noir throughout, in night scenes, deep focus and staging. I look forward to viewing "På en bänk i en park" (1960), written and directed by the same director here, Hasse Ekman. He directed the noir "Girl with Hyacinths", which is another recommendation for his capable work.