Career criminal Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) recruits a
sharpshooter (Timothy Carey), a crooked cop (Ted de Corsia), a
bartender (Joe Sawyer) and a betting teller (Elisha Cook Jr.) for one
last job before he goes straight. But when the betting teller lets his
restless wife (Marie Windsor) know about the daring scheme to steal
millions from the racetrack, she hatches a plot of her own.