When his investigation into political graft leads to the DA, crusading journalist Frank Ross (James Cagney) finds himself framed for vehicular manslaughter and is sent to the slammer, where he loses faith in the legal system and becomes embittered. But an unlikely alliance with gangster and fellow inmate "Hood" Stacey (George Raft) gives Ross a chance to prove his innocence in this first-rate crime drama.

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