It was a killer debut.
Richard Widmark, one of my personal favorites, went on to appear in 60+ films during a long career, but will forever be remembered for this 1947 film noir, his first film.
Playing a sneering, giggling psycho (reportedly modeled after Batman’s #1 villain, The Joker), he shoves an old woman in a wheelchair to her death, and that’s just the start.
While Victor Mature is the star, a thief turned police informant, it’s Widmark’s looney tunes Tommy Udo who steals our attention.
He’s the ultimate wild card, and he shakes, rattles, and rolls every scene he crashes through.