Penned up in the pen, fall guy for a botched heist, Joe (Dennis OKeefe) springs himself with the aid of his moll, Claire Trevor, and takes off on a raw-edged journey to revenge with demented Raymond Burr waiting at the dim terminus. Along the way, Joe takes his social worker (Marsha Hunt) hostage and she becomes the films fall girl as she falls for the guy. Guided by Trevors baleful, boozed-up voice-over, Raw Deal rakes emotion from the underbrush of existence. No verdant place this, but a fallow scape bathed in cinematographer Altons murky light. This is where love comes to die.
Written by Leopold Atlas, John C. Higgins, based on a story by Arnold B. Armstrong, Audrey Ashley. Photographed by John Alton. With Dennis OKeefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, Raymond Burr. (78 mins, B&W, 35mm, From the Library of Congress)
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