Some unexpected casting choices distinguish this so-so Universal actioner. Richard Dix stars as police chief Richard Barry, whose present respectable veneer obscures the fact that he once served a prison sentence. When Barry is threatened with exposure by silky-smooth gangster functionary Thomas (played by the usually lovable Lloyd Corrigan), he is bailed out by his affable ex-con chauffeur Benny (played by the usually villainous Lon Chaney Jr.) The perfunctory romantic angle is handled by Wendy Barrie as Barry's faithful secretary and Don Porter as the chief's rival-in-love. A remake of a 1929 crime flick of the same name, this 1942 version of Eyes of the Underworld updates the material by having the bad guys dip their crooked mitts into the bootlegged rubber-tire trade.
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