by Douglas Messerli
In those few early minutes we get the gist of the whole story. Fabian is a punk, a would-be dreamer constantly running into the lure of pipe dreams while running away from his debtors. This time he tries to convince Mary—a beautiful club singer who inexplicably is in love with the sleazy Fabian—that he just needs a few quid to buy a dog track, a half lie, since he really needs the money to pay off an overdue debt which has necessitated his race through the London streets. He may also want to get money to pursue his newest scheme, but it doesn’t matter: Harry Fabian will never get ahead of his own past.