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The story centers on a District Attorney (the always great Edward G. Robinson) and his efforts to convict and deport a vicious mobster (Lorne Greene in an unusually sinister role). After his key witness is murdered, the D.A. sets his hopes on a former model - played by Ginger Rogers - who is serving a five-year prison term for complicity in a robbery. In the hope that she will testify in exchange for her freedom, he arranges for a police detective (Brian Keith) to take her out of prison to a first class hotel where she is heavily guarded by a fleet of plain-clothes policemen. While she is happy to enjoy the comforts of the hotel, the culinary delights of the restaurant and the free alcohol, she makes it very plain that she has no intention of testifying. It is in her performance as a streetwise,prison-hardened,smart-talking and irritatingly cynical woman that Ginger Rogers shows her acting range. She delivers the dialogue with a natural verve turning every witty line into a comic projectile and she is matched line-for-line by Edward G. Robinson and Brian Keith who do wonders with their supporting roles. While the action takes place mainly in a hotel room, there is a lurking sense of menace that sustains the interest and in the last 25 per cent of the picture there is a surprise twist that leads to a most satisfying climax. Veteran action director, Phil Karlson does a fine job in getting the best from his cast and the result is a minor classic. But it's Ginger's show from beginning to end.

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UK116 Tight Spot DVD (1955/Ginger Rogers/Edward G Robinson)
***Region 2 DVD.*** Will only play on computers or multi-region DVD players. Not made for playback on North American DVD players.

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