Rising reporter Michael Ward is a key witness in the murder trial of young Joe Briggs, who is convicted on circumstantial evidence while swearing innocence. Mike's girl Jane believes in Joe and blames Mike, who (in a remarkable sequence) dreams he is himself convicted of murdering his nosy neighbor. Will his dream come true before Jane can find the real murderer? Written by
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In the three film generally rolled around by film historians as the 'first Film Noir,' M, Stranger on the Third Floor and The Maltese Falcon, Peter Lorre stars in all three. See more »
When Ward rushes out of his apartment to phone Jane, he is not wearing a tie. But when he picks up the phone,he is. See more »
[Referrig to Meng]
Did you ever want to kill a man?
My son, there's murder in every intelligent man's heart.
He's no man. He's a worm - the kind you ought to jump on with heavy boots.
You'll have to do an awful lot of jumping. The earth is covered with them.
It'd be a real pleasure to cut his throat!
[Noticing his dinner knife]
Hey, you're not kidding. Put down that knife!
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Taut, weird psychothriller centers on a novice newsman who's been promoted because of stories connected to a murder to which he's the only witness. His testimony gets the innocent man (Cook, Jr.) convicted, as he discovers when his neighbor is killed by the same man (Lorre) -- who the police refuse to believe exists. In fact, our hero is now suspect #1 in the crime he was covering. His loyal girlfriend, god bless her soul, sets out to track Lorre down, even though she's never seen him.
Good low-budget noir, VERY short. Excellent photography, very odd dream sequences.
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