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En route to see his fiancee, Katherine (Sylvia Sidney) Joe Wheeler (Spencer Tracy) is arrested as a suspected kidnapper and is jailed pending trial. The evidence against him is strictly circumstantial: he possess a bill from a ransom statement. Then a mob forms around the jail, but Wheeler escapes his lynching and takes on the fury of the mob in plotting revenge against it. This was Fritz Lang's favorite American film - and rightfully so: it demonstrates his directorial genius in wasting not a frame of film, telling his story with sharp cross-cutting between victims and tormentors, while unraveling the mindless and murderous passion of a mob out of control. Sylvia Sidney is excellent as usual as Katherine. The film awakened America to what the reality of mob violence means.

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