A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in an affair with a co-worker's wife following a murder on a train where they meet.

Fritz Lang was one of the noir genre’s best exponents. This is terrific tale of quiet desperation which expresses overwhelming intensity and perverse randomness of human desire. It re-unites Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame after Lang’s The Big Heat the previous year. Grahame was a great actress, sadly under-rated and in this film, she’s something more than just another femme fatale. She is as much a victim — of drunken husband Broderick Crawford — as she is a villain, and her actions are as much out of self-preservation as they are wickedness. Her and Crawford’s relationship is one that is finely etched, and probably the most interesting aspect of the film.

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