I had watched it on Noir Alley the first time, too, but I gladly watched it again since I don't own a copy of the movie and enjoyed it very much the first time. Eddie, as always, sells the movie like no other.
The director was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for this film. He must have done something right!I didn't think "Once a Thief" (1950) was too well-regarded, but I recall liking it a fair bit, mainly for its atmosphere. It was nothing terribly special, but it was considerably more enjoyable than I'd been led to expect. Can't recall it well enough to really go into any particulars, though.