Rod is credited as Rodney Taylor and plays Brody Evans, a tough-guy underling of a ruthless
San Francisco waterfront gang boss, Victor Amato (Edward G. Robinson).
Alan Ladd stars as ex-cop Steve Rollins, who is released from San Quentin
after five years and sets out on revenge against the men who framed him
In the course of exposing Amato's crime syndicate, Rollins meets
up with Brody Evans, one of Amato's henchmen. Rollins and Evans
engage in a quick fistfight and Evans
is dragged off to the police station.
This movie also has been called "The Darkest Hour," based on
a novel of that name by William P. McGivern.
In addition to McGivern, a
screenplay credit goes to Martin Rackin, who was a big a booster of Taylor's
Hollywood career, beginning Down Under with "Long
Rackin wrote the part of Brody Evans with Rod in mind.