|Joseph Cotten||Det. Sam Wagner|
|Rhonda Fleming||Lila Wagner|
|Wendell Corey||Leon Poole|
Humble bank teller Leon Poole participates in a heist that doesn't go as planned. When police surround his apartment, there's a shoot-out, during which Detective Sam Wagner unwittingly kills Poole's wife. Poole is subsequently captured and jailed, but three years later he's back out on the street and hell-bent on revenge. Wanting the punishment to fit the crime, he vows that he won't kill Wagner -- just his wife .