This is another of the seemingly endless amount of G-Man films to hit the screen in the 1940's and 50's.
This Allied Artists production stars Dane Clark, Lita Milan, Ross Elliott, Anthony Caruso and Thomas Browne Henry.
Dane Clark is a Federal Agent sent undercover to get the goods on some big time arms dealers. Clark is posing as a man, Anthony Caruso, who is being held on charges in an un-named South American country. The film is set on the San Pedro waterfront. The Feds fake an arrest of Clark and have him make a break for it. This action is to set him up as the real deal. The man Clark is posing as is Anthony Caruso. Caruso is a gunrunner who supplies weapons to anyone with cash. The Feds want the men supplying Caruso. Clark's Government contact is fellow agent, Ross Elliott.
Trouble soon comes a calling when two thugs show up to rub out Clark. The rub out is over a deal Caruso had welshed on. The gunmen don't know that Clark is not the real deal. Clark though ends the threat by hiring the pair. He then does a tour of the dock area. There he pretends to bump off a trailing Fed. This helps establish his bona fides even more with the underworld types.
Clark is soon mixed up with lounge singer, Lita Milan. Milan is the daughter of a deposed South American dictator. Milan wants Clark to help her acquire guns and ammo for a counter revolution. Also in the mix here are several Secret Service types from Miss Milan's home country. They are here to stop Milan from getting her hands on any weapons.
Now Thomas Browne Henry puts in an appearance. Browne is the front man for just the kind of big time weapons dealer Clark is after. A deal is struck for Clark to be the middleman on a half million dollar weapons sale to Miss Milan.
Now several flies in the old ointment pop up. First is that Anthony Caruso has gotten out of jail in South America. Clark's Fed contact, Ross Elliott wants to shut down the sting. The second fly is the fact that Miss Milan ends up having no cash. She wants Clark to front her the guns. Clark thinks fast and has the Feds deposit the needed cash in the bank.
Clark wants the deal to happen, and the quicker the better. The Feds figure that they have 4-5 days before Caruso might show up. Caruso, however, has heard through pals that somebody is doing business in his name. After he flies into town, he makes contact with Miss Milan. It turns out that Caruso had dealt with Milan's father back in the old days.
Matters now move quickly with Caruso planning on double dealing the Feds, Miss Milan and the weapon's dealers. We soon have cash and phony checks going in and out of the bank with Caruso getting the long green. Clark soon tumbles to Caruso's play. What follows is the mandatory amount of guns drawn, and fistfights that seems required in these low budget films. The bad guys are all rounded up with Caruso being beaten senseless first.
This low renter tries hard, but misses the mark for the most part. A better story and director would have helped. The story, by the normally reliable Steve Fisher, has no real pace to it. It relies far too often on the Clark character's narration to move the film along. Fisher, a one-time Oscar nominated writer was involved in the story or screenplay for the noir, DEAD RECKONING,LADY IN THE LAKE, THE HUNTED, ROADBLOCK, JOHNNY ANGEL, I WOULDN'T BE IN YOUR SHOES and HELL'S HALF ACRE.
Director Sidney Salkow seems to just be going through the motions here. The man had talent, which he displayed in several western and adventure films. These include, THE GOLDEN HAWK, JACK McCALL DESPERADO, SITTING BULL and THE IRON SHERIFF.