Synopsis: Based on the story "Mob Rule" by Norman Krasna. Joe Wilson and Katherine Grant are in love, but he doesn't have enough money for them to get married. So Katherine moves across the country to make money. But things go disastrously wrong for Joe when he stops in a small town and is mistaken for a wanted murderer. Through the course of the movie, Fritz Lang shows us how a decent and once civilized man can become a ruthless and bitter man.
Director(s): Fritz Lang
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

What do you say, kid?

Are we moving in?

How many times

do you want me to say yes?

Every time you say it

is like the first time.

My heart starts beating

like I just ran around the block.

Those slippery rugs are out.

A guy could break his neck on those.

Mr. Wilson, do you plan

doing a lot of running around?

Yeah, after you.

- The rugs are out.

- And the twin beds too.

Out like a light.

Hey, I like peanuts too.

- I thought you hated them.

- I did once.

What changed your mind?

I love you. You love peanuts.

I love peanuts too.

Well, I guess that wins.

It's raining.

Gee, it feels swell

against your face.

Tonight of all nights it's gotta rain.

Don't talk about it.

What am I gonna do

after you've gone?


I'll be walking like this

down a street.

- Where are you?

- I'll be here.

Twenty cents.

- How do you like that?

- Oh, dear.

Here, give me.


What are you gonna do?

Oh, here it is.

- Come on, I'll sew it.

- Here? No, no.

- You'll let it go. I know.

- Honest, I won't.

- You know you will.

- No, I'll sew it myself.

- I won't forget it, darling.

- Sit down.

Sit down.

There's a lot of people around.


I've only got blue thread.

- Blue?

- Yep. Blue.

Train number 19 leaving for De Kalb.

- There. You hear? That's your train.

- That's not my train. Sit down.

- I'm hard to get rid of.

- Like my right arm.

Only I need you more.

Oh, Kat.

I'll come for you as soon

as I get that old bank account...

...up to the third floor

and a kitchenette.

This waiting is awful.

After all, we're human.

Why can't you stay

with your job here?

- At least we...

- We've been through that, darling.

There's a better job there,

and I'll be saving for us too.

I know.

Train number 27 leaving

for Galesburg and all points west.

- Give me some of those peanuts too.

- Yes, sir.

- How much for that "smellum"?

- That one there?

Take it easy on yourself now.

Four dollars.

Not for me, wise guy.

It's for a girl. How much?

Five even.

I got you a little mementum.

"Memento," darling. "To," not "tum."

How often have I told you?

It's from wearing braces on my teeth

when I was a kid.

You're still a kid. A lot of you is...

...and I love it.

I love you.

I got a memento for you too.

Look inside.

"Henry to Katherine."

It was my mother's wedding ring.

I was named after her.

So I...

- Turn it around.

- "Katherine to Joe."

Oh, Kat...

I guess I'll have to wear it

on my little finger.

All aboard!

I'll come for you soon.

Soon, Joe.


Hello, stranger.

Think you're smart, don't you?

How do you like this, big shot?

How's that?

You look the way I feel.

Lonely and small.

Come on.


That Charlie,

always leaving the light on.

Straight ahead.

- Charlie, now, I'm all right.

- Yeah, I know, I know.

Come on, hold it now. Hold it.

- Charlie, where'd you get the dog?

- There's no dog. You're drunk.

- So you went to a movie?

- Hello, Joe.

- Katherine get away all right?

- Yeah.

That's fine. I'm fine too.

I feel awful.

Now, listen, Charlie...

We had a couple drinks

after the show.

Kid's gotta have fun.

He just can't take it.

Who said I can't take it?

- I'm all right.

- All right, Tommy. Sure you are.

- All right, kid.

- Even Mr. Donelli said I was all right.

- Donelli?

- All right. I've been waiting for it.

Waiting for an undertaker or cops,

the life you're leading.

Running errands for that racketeer.

Let me tell you, Charlie,

leave Tom out of it.

Joe, I know, I know.

We met Donelli,

and he invited us up for drinks.

Better Tom meets someone

who can do him some good.

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Edward Bartlett Cormack (March 19, 1898 - September 16, 1942) was an American actor, playwright, screenwriter, and producer best known for his 1927 Broadway play The Racket, and for working with Howard Hughes and Cecil B. DeMille on several films. more…

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